WASHINGTON — Not just the White House is up for grabs in November — every member of the House of Representatives faces re-election, and a top Democrat predicted Tuesday his party would “take back the majority” in 2012.
Steny Hoyer, the House’s number two Democrat, said prospects were favorable for regaining the chamber two years after President Barack Obama’s party suffered a humbling mid-term election rout at the hands of Republicans.
And Speaker of the House John Boehner suggested there were cracks in the Republican Party’s armor, warning earlier Tuesday on Fox that “there’s a one in three chance that we could lose” the House to Democrats.
“I think there’s a higher chance than one in three, I think at best from his perspective, it’s 50-50,” Hoyer told reporters as he laid out the prospects for Democrats to win dozens of districts.
“We’re going to pick up a lot of seats, and I think we’ll take back the majority.”
The 435-member House now has 242 Republicans and 190 Democrats, with three vacancies including the seat held by Democrat Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who resigned in January to focus on her recovery after being shot in the head by a gunman.
“I believe that we will (keep control of the House), but we’ve got a real challenge,” Boehner said.
“We have 50 of our members in tough races (and) 89 freshmen running for their first re-election.”