Meanwhile, Pelosi's office continued on Thursday to churn out public endorsements from both established Democrats and those who have just been elected.
"I truly believe that Rep. Pelosi has demonstrated the proven, tested leadership we need to confront the issues before our nation," said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). "We cannot afford to come up short."
As for recently elected lawmakers, two new Democrats from California said they would stick with their home state colleague, arguing Pelosi would deliver 'leadership that is bold, pragmatic, and capable of swift results.'
"This is why we support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker," wrote Katie Hill and Mike Levin, who won seats in southern California.
But the math to 218 votes seemed somewhat fraught for Pelosi, as if Democrats end up with around 235-240 votes in the House, a relatively small slice of the party could block Pelosi's ascension, much as the Freedom Caucus threatened to do for several years in the House with the GOP.
"We had the biggest victory since 1974," Pelosi said. "All of us are committed to a better future for America's working families."
Whether that story line includes Pelosi as Speaker again - that won't be determined until the week after Thanksgiving.