In January, DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen told Politico: "We’ve been saying this would be a tough election year, but it’s a hallucination for Republican leaders to think they’ll take back the House — this is not 1994 déjà vu."
In March, Speaker Pelosi had this exchange with CNN's Candy Crowley:
CROWLEY: Do you think that you will lose seats?Yesterday, however, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Meet the Press:
PELOSI: Well, the election is not today. I expect...
CROWLEY: Just looking at the landscape.
PELOSI: Let me just say it this way, the Democrats will retain the majority in the House of Representatives. We have a huge -- we have, what, 54-, 55-vote majority. We had a swing in the last two elections of 110 seats. We will -- I am not yielding one grain of sand. We are fighting for every seat.
"I think there's no doubt that there are a lot of seats that will be up, a lot of contested seats. I think people are going to have a choice to make in the fall. But I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. "