John Boehner: 'I'm feeling better' about GOP keeping House majority


Speaker of the House John Boehner at a news conference with fellow GOP House members at the US Capitol on Dec. 22, 2011.


Chip Somodevilla

House Speaker John Boehner says he's "feeling better" about the GOP's chances at keeping its House majority this fall.

Boehner raised eyebrows in April when he gave Republicans a one in three chance of losing control of the House.

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With less than 100 days until the election, he's sounding more optimistic.

"I'm feeling better," Boehner replied when asked about his previous assessment at a weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.

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"Our team is in pretty good shape," he said. "Our members have worked hard, and 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."

According to Politico, Boehner said House Republicans can head back to their districts for the August recess with their heads held high.

“Our members have made a real difference in changing the direction of the country in creating jobs and fixing our economy,” he said.

Looking at the numbers, Republicans do appear to be 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, The Huffington Post reported.