270 Points | Change began to bubble up from the sour stomachs of Democrats on Capitol Hill. House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt greeted a loss of seats by resigning from the leadership. The minority whip, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco liberal with a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 2 percent, quickly emerged as the leading candidate to replace him. She released a list of 111 members she said would vote for her, causing Rep. Martin Frost to abort his short-lived race for the party leader's post. Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) jumped into the race, but Rep. Pelosi cruised to victory. The leadership moves were more peaceful on the Republican side, with Rep. Tom DeLay stepping up to the majority leader's position to replace the retiring Dick Armey. Rep. Mel Blunt of Missouri is widely expected to step into the whip's post. Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, who successfully led the GOP House gains with the National Republican Congressional Committee, expects to assume the chairman's seat at the House Government Reform Committee.