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    Seth Moulton, Nancy Pelosi trade zingers as she makes another bid for speaker

    House minority leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to journalists before heading into a Democratic caucus meeting.
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    House minority leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to journalists before heading into a Democratic caucus meeting.

    It’s no secret Representative Seth Moulton is opposing House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s effort to be reelected as leader of the House Democrats. But as Democrats prepare to take control of the House in January, the tension is spilling out into the open.

    On her way out of a closed-door meeting with other House Democrats Wednesday, Pelosi took a jab at Moulton, a Salem Democrat, who told CNN Tuesday evening that he was “100 percent” sure Pelosi could be defeated in her bid for another term as speaker.

    “I will be speaker of the House no matter what Seth Moulton says,” Pelosi told reporters, according to Bloomberg News.

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    Moulton was quick to hit back on Twitter:

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    “Last week, the American people sent a clear message that we need a new approach and new leaders in Congress. It’s time for us to listen,” he added in a follow-up tweet.

    But so far, a specific challenger has not emerged publicly.

    ‘‘Come on in. The water’s warm,” Pelosi told the Wall Street Journal last week as she challenged her detractors to produce an alternative.

    House Democrats will not hold their leadership elections until after Thanksgiving. The full House will elect a new speaker in January, after the new Democratic majority is sworn into office.

    Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.