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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-12 05:21 PM
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John Boehner says ‘one-in-three’ chance GOP loses House
Posted by Aaron Blake at 05:00 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Speaker John Boehner is officially worried about losing the House majority this fall.

The Ohio Republican said in an interview with Fox News Channel that will run on Tuesday that there is a “one-in-three” chance that Democrats will win the House in November — a headline that will surely catch people’s attention.

“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,” Boehner said in the interview. “We’ve got a big challenge, and we’ve got work to do.”

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“We have 50 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,” Boehner said in the interview. “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.”

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