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ABC News Exclusive: Nancy Pelosi Seriously Considers Staying as Democratic Leader

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of an midterm election Republican resurgence President Obama called "a shellacking," outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has been widely expected to step down as the Democratic leader and leave Congress.

However, high-level Democratic sources in the House tell ABC News Pelosi is seriously considering staying in Congress and running for the position of minority leader.

Pelosi is methodically calling every Democratic House member who won on Tuesday, as well as many who lost, sources tell ABC News. In the process, she is weighing her options and gauging her support.

Some of Pelosi's closest allies are encouraging her to stay and to lead the Democratic effort to win back their majority. Those encouraging her are arguing, in part, that she can unify the progressives in the caucus, and more importantly, that nobody in the House can raise money for the next campaign better than Pelosi.

Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., a member of the conservative Democratic Blue Dog coalition, is urging Pelosi not to run and threatening to challenge her if she does. Another member of the Blue Dog coalition, Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, told Politico that Pelosi should not stay on.

Pelosi told ABC News in an interview Wednesday that she would let the Democratic caucus decide who would represent them in the House.

"In our caucus, we always do things by consensus. And when we have that consensus, we'll have some announcement to make," Pelosi said.

"I'll have a conversation with my caucus, I'll have a conversation with my family and – pray over it, and decide how – to go forward. But today isn't that day. Today is the day to congratulate John Boehner and the Republicans, to speak and listen to my colleagues who are not coming back. To again, respect the wishes of the American people."

Pelosi added, "It's never been about me. It's about how our caucus goes forward to fight, continue our fight for the middle class."

Thursday, in an interview with The Huffington Post, Pelosi said she remains on the fence about her future.

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