I understand that the House Speaker can't very well go around saying that Dems will lose big tonight, but claiming that Dems are "on pace" to maintain their House majority?
ABC News reports:
“With the early returns and the overwhelming number of democrats who are coming out, we're on pace to maintain the majority in the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said. “We're very confident in our candidates and the message that they are delivering to preserve social security, to make it in America [and] to fight for the middle class.”
Pelosi pushed back at the general consensus inside the beltway among political pundits and election analysts that Republicans are likely to pick up the 39 seats they need to seize control of the House.
“The people have to speak, and this election will not be determined by the pundits, or it won't be determined by a few precincts in the east,” Pelosi said. “It's an election that will take place all across America and we're very proud of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who are as we speak knocking on doors, ringing door bells, making phone calls to get out the vote for a great Democratic victory.”
Meanwhile, another top House Democrat, Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn, is not being coy. According to Clyburn, polls indicate an electoral "bloodbath" for Democrats tonight. From Politico:
During an interview with Columbia radio station WVOC, the South Carolina Democrat contended that the election is still “up in the air” but conceded that likely-voter models don’t look good for the majority party.
"If you were to believe what the polls are saying about those who are likely to vote, then it's going to be something close to a bloodbath for Democrats," he said.