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WSJ: GOP Optimistic About Limiting Losses in House

WSJ: GOP Optimistic About Limiting Losses in House

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By    |   Monday, 07 November 2016 05:49 PM

House Republicans are hopeful to stem the tide come Election Day.

The GOP could end up losing about 12 seats, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, an easier number to digest considering reports just a few weeks ago that Democrats were projected to win about 30 seats and take control of the chamber.

Of the 435 current House members, 246 are Republicans and 186 are Democrats.

The WSJ reported that seats currently held by Republicans would stay with the party, including an open seat in New York state. But Democrats are gaining ground in other states with Republican leadership, including Nevada and Florida.

"You're seeing some remarkable numbers," said Rep. Xavier Becerra, a Democrat from California who has been touting his party's turnout, especially among Hispanic voters and, specifically out of Nevada's Clark County.

There, in two races, Democrats had cast 70,000 more votes than Republicans in early balloting according to the WSJ.

"If it is true what they are saying is coming out of Clark County, I think not only will Latinos help carry the state — we probably pick up two congressional seats in the Nevada area," Becerra said.

But the FBI's announcement on Oct. 28 that it was reviewing additional emails in an investigation into Hillary Clinton halted momentum for the Democrats.

"We needed Hillary Clinton to win big in order to have a majority outcome" in the House, a senior Democratic aide told the WSJ Friday. "It doesn't appear that she will have a huge win at this stage."

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