Boehner: Republicans have '50/50' shot at keeping House

Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerNancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker GOP senator says he 'regularly' considers leaving Republican Party MORE (R-Ohio) says Republicans have an even chance of holding their House majority in 2018. 

"Frankly, it's a 50/50 proposition," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerNancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker GOP senator says he 'regularly' considers leaving Republican Party MORE told NBC's "Today" on Friday, according to Politico. “Once you have a change of presidents, the party out of power always gains seats. It has gone on for well over 100 years.”

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However, Boehner stressed that Republicans' prospects for 2018 would not be dimmed by the retirement this week of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? MORE (R-Wis.), a decision some see as a likely blow to the party's campaigning and fundraising efforts. 

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"I believe that because I know Paul Ryan," Boehner explained. "He never wanted to be Speaker. I had to beat him to death to take my job. Tax reform was his issue, and he spent all of his political career working on tax reform. When it was finished, I pretty well knew that he would probably move on."

Boehner, who retired in 2015, was chosen as Speaker in 2010 after Republicans won big in their own "wave election," fueled by a backlash against President Obama.

In 2018, Democrats must win at least 24 seats to regain House control. Several unexpected wins in battleground congressional districts this year have given them hope that they could reach that total or even exceed it in November.