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After clinching Senate, Dems eye the unthinkable: Holding the House

Pelosi acknowledged in the interview that it would still be a steep climb for her party to actually win the House, declining to predict a win and saying “we’ll see” if Democrats actually hold the chamber. She added that she was “disappointed” by the outcome of a handful of key House races in New York that Republicans flipped, which came after the state Supreme Court threw out a map the Democratic-controlled state Legislature drew that favored their party.

“That four votes could make a difference at the end of the day,” Pelosi said. “But we haven’t given up.” She also declined to say if she would run for speaker again should Democrats win.

The last 96 hours have been a bitter pill to swallow for House Republicans, who expected to fairly easily capture the House in the midterms and instead find themselves staring at the possibility — even a slim one — that they might remain in the minority.

“This was a very disappointing outcome on election night, not the one we expected,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who is running to be House GOP whip, said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” on Sunday morning. “There will be a lot of unpacking the outcome for weeks to come. Did we have the wrong strategy? Why did our message not break through? Why did the voters not buy into the vision and the message that Republicans were selling?”

But Banks predicted Republicans will still win “a very slim” majority, casting a small House majority as “the last line of defense” against President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Democrats’ hopes of winning the House got a surprising boost on Saturday night, when Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez defeated far-right Republican Joe Kent in Washington’s red-leaning 3rd District. Republicans lost the seat after Kent successfully displaced GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler out of the district’s top-two all-party primary, railing against her for being one of the handful of the Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Outside of the House, one of the last big uncalled races is the Arizona governor race. There, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs narrowly leads Republican Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who became a prominent booster of Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.

Hobbs’ lead is balancing on a knife’s edge, with the secretary of state’s office estimating late Saturday that there were roughly 250,000 ballots remaining to be counted across the state, in addition to 16,000 provisional ballots that could be added to the tally. The vast majority of those ballots are in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county.

In a Sunday interview on “Fox News Futures,” Lake said she anticipated those ballots would lean toward Republicans.

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