The Washington Times - April 24, 2012, 02:10PM

The No. 2 Democrat in the House said Tuesday his party will overcome its 52-seat disadvantage and take control of the chamber after the November elections.

“The Democrats have run pretty consistently ahead of the Republicans over the last 12 months on [polling for] generic ballots,” said House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, during his weekly briefly with reporters.


“We’re going to pick up a lot of seats, and I think that we’ll take back the majority.”

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, told Fox News on Monday that there is a “one-in-three chance” Democrats will win back control of the House next year. Mr. Hoyer said the prediction was too conservative, saying that “at best, from [Mr. Boehner’s] perspective, I think it’s 50-50.”

The Maryland Democrat said there are about 78 GOP-held House districts won by President Obama in 2008 that are in play. And he said many of the Democratic challengers in those races have outraised the Republican incumbents.

Mr. Hoyer added that Democrats have fared better with redistricting in many states than initially anticipated.

“People have thought, OK, the [Republicans] have taken a number of state legislatures and we’re really going to get hurt in redistricting, and I think it was a net wash,” he said.