On Monday (October 3), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) expressed her belief that Democrats would keep control of the House of Representatives after November’s midterms.
Pelosi made her remarks when asked about her prediction for the midterms on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
In response to a question from Colbert about what she believed would happen after the midterms, Pelosi said, “Well, I’m so glad you asked that question because I believe that we will win the — hold the House.”
She elaborated, “We will hold the House by winning more seats.”
Currently, Democrats have a single-digit majority over Republicans in the House but are striving to increase that margin by drawing support from female voters.
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, which overturned federal protection of abortion, Democrats have been leaning on their promise to codify Roe v Wade — the initial judgment that gave abortion federal protection.
Many have campaigned — including President Joe Biden — that increasing their majority in both chambers would make passing a law codifying Roe easier.
Some polling also suggests voters are torn, making it more of a challenge to predict how either party will fair in the midterms.
But, there are outlier polls, like The Cook Report and FiveThirtyEight, both of which show Republicans are favored to win the House of Representatives.
Yet, despite these polls, Pelosi was confident victories by Democrats would mirror that of 2020.
“We won the 40 seats, then we lost some when Trump was on the ballot, we lost some of the Trump districts, but we held enough seats to hold the House with him on the ballot,” Pelosi explained.
But emphasized that, “He’s not on the ballot now,” before joking, “Did I say his name? I didn’t mean to,” which drew laughter from the audience.