Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele predicted that Republicans would pick up 55 House seats in the midterm elections.

Asked by CNN how many seats his party will pick up, Steele said "something between the 50s and the 60s. My number is 55, but I'm just the chairman, what do I know."

Steele's comments came after Republicans scored key early victories in Virginia, Indiana and Florida. Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats in order to win control of the House.

Steele called winning the House the "real focus" for the RNC.

The chairman was less enthusiastic about winning the Senate.

"We've always said from the very beginning, the senate is going to be a tough road for the party tonight," he said.