Republicans are likely to control the House of Representatives for years, House Speaker John Boehner says, crediting a strong freshman crop of legislators and redistricting efforts that have helped the GOP.
In an interview with Politico.com
, Boehner said it would be "nearly impossible" for the Democrats to retake the House in November — and for years to come.
Redistricting “gives us a very strong foundation for the decade,” Boehner said in the interview.
“I think our freshmen members are doing a good job preparing themselves for the upcoming election. I would also note that redistricting across the country has helped those freshmen members and others in tough seats who will now have better seats. So I think we’re in pretty strong shape for the year ahead.”
He predicts the GOP will hold the House through at least 2020. Republicans have controlled much of the redistricting efforts in this cycle.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has predicted that Democrats will end the GOP’s 25-seat majority and could even gain as many as 35 seats; other party leaders, including Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, have said the Democrats are targeting as many as 76 GOP-held seats.
Boehner did not say there would be huge gains, but expects the GOP to gain a small number of seats particularly in states like North Carolina and Georgia.
“We had a couple of wave elections in 2006 and 2010. I don’t think there are the ingredients for another wave election,” he told Politico. “I think this is going to be hard-fought on the ground, with members and candidates turning their voters out.”
He also said the GOP will focus its message on the failed policies of President Barack Obama.
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