Nancy Pelosi predicted that Democrats would pick up 25 seats in the 2014 mid-term elections, handing the left control of the House for the first time since 2010. The Washington Post,
“‘I feel very certain that we will win the 17 seats we need,” she told WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe in an interview published Wednesday morning. “We’re playing in about 70 districts; 25 is my goal — I would like that,” she added.
“That is so not going to happen…
“Do the math. To net 17 seats, Democrats would need to hold all eleven of their own seats rated as toss ups by Cook, win the two Republican toss ups and then win 15 out of the 16 seats Cook ranks as “lean Republican”. To get to 25 seats, Democrats would need to win every tossup and lean Republican race in Cook’s rankings and also win seven of the 16 seats he ranks as ‘likely Republican.’”