08/02/2012 12:23 pm ET Updated Aug 02, 2012

John Boehner: 'I'm Feeling Better' About Republicans Keeping House Majority

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that he's feeling better than ever about Republicans keeping their majority in the House after November.

During his weekly briefing, Boehner was asked if he still believes Republicans have a one-in-three chance of losing control of the House to Democrats, a claim he made in April.

"I'm feeling better. I'm feeling better," he told reporters. "Our team's in pretty good shape. Our members have worked hard. Frankly, our candidates and challengers out there, a lot of them have been through tough primaries. And I feel good about where we are as a team."

Boehner said House Republicans still have "a lot of work to do" to make sure they keep their seats, "but our team is doing well."

Indeed, Republicans are well-positioned to keep their hold on the House. Democrats need a net gain of 25 seats to retake the majority, which is a significant challenge. Republicans won control of the House in 2010 and hold a roughly 242-190 edge.



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