Sen. McConnell gives presidential race '50-50' odds

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McConnell also repeated, as he said earlier this month, that he puts the chances for Republicans to take the majority in the Senate this year at “50-50.”

He referred to Senate races in Massachusetts, Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Hawaii as potential pickups, and said “somewhere in there we need to net four.”

McConnell was solidly optimistic about the GOP’s chances to keep the majority in the House, although House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE (R-Ohio) said earlier this year that there is a BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE-gop-faces-real-challenge-to-keeping-house-majority" href="http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/223117-boehner-gop-faces-real-challenge-to-keeping-house-majority">“one in three chance” Republicans lose the majority there. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) argued Democrats have at least “50-50” odds of taking back the House in November.

McConnell also pledged that if he were to become majority leader in the Senate next year, he would not block bills backed by the other party from coming to the floor. House Republicans have often blasted Senate Democrats for refusing to take up bills passed by the Republican majority in the lower chamber.

“Just because you can’t get your way on everything, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything,” McConnell said. “I would not run the Senate that way.”

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