House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she thinks Democrats can win back House control in 2018.
Asked Thursday by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith if there are enough winnable districts for Democrats, Pelosi replied, “Yes, indeed.”
She said there are more than 40 seats held by the GOP that are considered more favorable to Democrats than the suburban Atlanta district where Democrat Jon Ossoff came within 3 points of winning an all-party primary on Tuesday.
Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, which became vacant after former Rep. Tom Price became Secretary of Health and Human Services, has been held by the GOP for nearly four decades, but Trump only won it by one point in 2016.
Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will face off again in a June runoff.
House Democrats have declined to publicly predict outright that they will win back the lower chamber in next year’s midterm elections.
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has predicted the party will pick up House seats in 2018 but hasn’t gone as far as predicting the 24 victories needed to secure the majority.
Pelosi expressed optimism that the energy on the left would help boost turnout.
“It gives us opportunity. And what gives us hope is the fact that people are so active with ideas, with volunteerism, with resources and the rest,” Pelosi said.
But she cautioned that next year’s midterm elections are still a long way off.
“If it were today, I’d feel very confident. It’s not today,” Pelosi said.