Pelosi claims democrats could take the House

Nancy Pelosi has been extraordinarily cautious about saying her party would take back the House majority. But now, just two months before Election Day, the House minority leader says the Republican Party’s persistent struggles have put Democrats within striking distance and control of the chamber could be decided by the slimmest of margins.

“I thought in December I would’ve told you we’d win 20 seats, left to our own devices,” a relaxed and upbeat Pelosi said Wednesday in a Playbook Interview in her Capitol office. “Seeing the behavior of the [GOP] presidential candidates right after that when the debates [happened], I became even more optimistic because they were so pathetic … Since then, I think anything is possible. I think it comes down to probably a single digit, one way or another.”

She added, “If Hillary [Clinton] were to win 54-46, oh my God. It’s all over. If it’s 53-47, and I think that’s in the realm of possibility … that’s a big deal. Five or more [percentage points] is a big deal.”

While Democrats are well-positioned to capture the Senate, the House is a much steeper climb, and whether they can pull it off is a hotly contested topic in Washington. House Republican leaders say they’ve seen no evidence of a wave election that would put the chamber in play, but recently they’ve begun to privately concede that some races seem to be slipping away.


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