Predictions from lawmakers and the Obama administration on Election Day

Predictions from lawmakers and the Obama administration on Election Day 2010

If Republicans succeed in winning back the House in 2010, it would be the “end of the road” for the White House's agenda. — Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications MORE, September 2009

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“There will be a Democratic majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate. … And if it were not illegal, I’d make book on it.” — Biden, August 2010

“I think we're going to have a good result next November.” — David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama, December 2009
 
Asked whether he believed the GOP would take over the House: “Not this year.” — Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), January 2010
 
An “unprecedented wave on Election Day” will win the House for Republicans. “The Senate’s a little bit tougher.” — Steele, October 2010
 
“We believe we're going to hold on to both houses.” Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism MORE, Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, October 2010

“At least 100 seats” are in play. — House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock From learning on his feet to policy director MORE (R-Ohio), April 2010. (Democrats immediately mocked BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock From learning on his feet to policy director MORE’s claim, but months later, nonpartisan experts said there are more than 100 competitive races in the House.)

“For the House of Representatives, I believe we will go mid-40s and above.”
— National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas), October 2010
 
“We’ll capture the majority … we could post as high as 59 [seats].” — Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), October 2010
 
“One thing I know for sure is that Democrats will retain their majority in the House of Representatives.” — Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), May 2010
 
“I have every anticipation that we will come together in a similar format as we are now with me as Speaker of the House,” — Pelosi, October 2010
 
“We are not asleep at the switch as we were [in 1994]. I don't think we're going to lose the majority — I'm pretty confident of that. Again, because our members are not sleeping at this point in time.” — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), December 2009

“What I’m thinking about is winning this election. I believe we’re going to have the majority. I think Nancy Pelosi’s going to be Speaker.” — Hoyer, October 2010

“I think all these Washington pundits are going to be surprised. I believe Democrats are going to hold on to the House.” — Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.), October 2010
 
It would be a “real stretch” for Republicans to win the majority in Senate. — Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment CNN's Cuomo promotes 'Dirty Donald' hashtag, hits GOP for 'loyalty oath' to Trump MORE (R-Ky.), October 2010

“I think it's almost numerically impossible [to win control of the Senate.] I do think we can make great strides.” — National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John CornynJohn CornynTrump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn On The Money: Trump, China announce 'Phase One' trade deal | Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records | House panel schedules hearing, vote on new NAFTA deal On The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA MORE (Texas), January 2010

“I think it probably is going to take two cycles [to win the majority in the Senate], but there is certainly a potential there, depending on just how high and how broad this wave election is." — Cornyn, October 2010

“We will … be in the majority in the Senate as Democrats after Nov. 2.” — Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSaagar Enjeti says Corbyn's defeat in UK election represents 'dire warning' for Democrats Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Lankford to be named next Senate Ethics chairman MORE (N.J.), October 2010