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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expressing confidence in Democrats’ ability to retain the majority in 2022 — despite the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee​​ warning members that they are falling behind in the polls. 

“I’m very confident that we will win the House,” Pelosi said at a press conference on Friday. “I always run from behind.” 

“You never run from the best-case scenario, there are several scenarios here, that was one of them, and I think that’s a safe place to run from,” she insisted. 

The California Democrat’s comments come in the wake of a Politico report that DCCC Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York cautioned that Democrats need to adjust their strategy to retain swing voters if they want to hold the majority in the lower chamber. 

According to Politico, polling showed candidates trailing by six points in swing districts.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she’s “confident” the Democrats will win the House in 2022.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Pelosi currently holds a three-seat majority in the lower chamber. 

Republicans have remained optimistic about  their odds of flipping back the House, with members noting that historically the minority party picks up seats while the opposite party holds both chambers and the White House.

Republicans may also have an edge with redistricting, with traditionally red states expected to pick up districts. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said earlier this year he would “bet my house” that Republicans would win back the chamber while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference. 

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