Pelosi predicts 'double digit' gain of Democratic House seats in November election

Pelosi predicts 'double digit' gain of Democratic House seats in November election
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all' Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE (D-Calif.) predicted on Thursday that the Democrats will see a “double digit” gain in the House in November. 

The House Speaker told former Obama adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates GOP hunts for leverage in revived COVID-19 talks Pelosi says there shouldn't be any debates between Biden and Trump MORE on his podcast, “The Axe Files,” that she is confident the Democratic Party will earn more seats in the lower legislature “if the election were today.”

When Axelrod asked Pelosi how many seats the Democrats would expect to gain if the election were held today, she answered “a lot.”

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"Well I know the most pessimistic view, and it's very good,” she said.

“What is the most pessimistic view today?” Axelrod asked. 

"Double digit,” she said. “I won't go further than that.” 

“My responsibility is to protect the incumbents, to protect the majority that we have,” she said, adding, “We will have a Democratic majority.”

The Speaker noted that out of the 40 gained seats in the House in 2018, 31 of them were in districts that President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE won in 2016. She acknowledged that with Trump being on the ballot this year, more of his supporters may turn out, adding “so I don’t assume anything.”

Pelosi’s comments come after Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden asks if public can trust vaccine from Trump ahead of Election Day | Oklahoma health officials raised red flags before Trump rally DCCC dropping million on voter education program Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race MORE (D-Ill.), the chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), told The Hill’s Big Questions series Thursday that she expects the party to add to its majority in the House. 

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Bustos added the party was aiming to gain seats in Alaska, Indiana and Montana.

“My prediction as we sit here is we will not only hold on to this Democratic majority, we will grow it,” Bustos said. “We’ve got the right candidates and resources, and we are ready to mobilize even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.”

The DCCC has committed $36 million for television markets for Republican-held seats and the 42 most vulnerable Democrats.