Dem hopes of taking House up in smoke

At this point, it looks like the GOP will hold on to the House of Representatives by a comfortable, if not overwhelming margin. The Hill: Democratic hopes of recapturing the House are dimming as a series of race-by-race setbacks and economic uncertainty suggest that the 25 seats they need to net might be out of reach. The Hill projects that Democrats will net somewhere between 10 and 15 seats, assuming the presidential election remains a close contest. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has given her party a better than 50-50 chance of wresting control of the lower chamber - but missed opportunities in specific races and increasing economic worries have put that prediction in doubt. "The environment certainly isn't as good as it was six months ago for Democrats," a senior Democratic strategist who works on House races told The Hill, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to comment candidly. "Democrats are way off track of where they need to be to regain...(Read Full Post)