House speaker John Boenher said today he expected Republicans would hold onto the House in 2012, but cautioned that it would not be easy.
“We have fifty of our members in tough races, 89 freshmen running for their first reelections and we have 32 districts that are in states where there is no presidential campaign going to be run, no big Senate race, and we call these orphan districts,” he told Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom in an interview set to air tomorrow. “You take 18 of them, California, Illinois, and New York where you know we’re not likely to do well at the top of the ticket and those districts are frankly pretty vulnerable.”
“I would say that there is a two in three chance that we win control of the House again, but there’s a one in three chance that we could lose,” he added. “We’ve got a big challenge and we’ve got work to do.”
Asked about Obama strategist David Axelrod’s comment yesterday that conservative House Republicans had launched a “reign of terror,” Boehner called the charge “outrageous talk.”