Democrats failed on Tuesday night to win the "more than 200" seats a confident Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had said in the spring that they would "easily" retain.
"One thing I know for sure is that Democrats will retain their majority in the House of Representatives," the soon-to-be-ex-Speaker told The Hill in May, naming 200 members as a no-sweat benchmark for her caucus.
As of Wednesday morning, with 12 races still undecided, only 184 Democrats will be seated in the House next term.
Later in the interview, when told that incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had claimed there were 100 seats in play, she added, "Let him think that."
Pelosi's breezy overestimation of her party's popularity headed into the midterms falls flat given the depth of Democrats' defeat on Nov. 2.
While they did retain the Pennsylvania seat once held by the late John Murtha — something Pelosi had said was a priority in May — Democrats lost other notable leaders like nine-term Rep. Earl Pomeroy (N.D.) and 14-term Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (S.C.), both who had won their previous elections with solid majorities.
Reps. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), of the Armed Services and Transportation committees, respectively, were two other chairmen to fall.
Pelosi is likely to decline the position of Minority Leader, according to aides.