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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democrats still have a shot at winning back power of the House, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told Roll Call on Wednesday in an interview.
“The House is still up for grabs,” said Van Hollen, the former two-term chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (2008 and 2010 cycles).
Democrats need to net 25 seats in November to reclaim the gavel, and their “drive for 25″ slogan has been a rallying cry heard this week at almost every Democratic convention event involving House Members.
But despite Democrats’ optimism, most political handicappers have begun to rule out a change of power.
“No. 1, we will win seats,” Van Hollen said. “Two, the momentum is with us. I think the selection of Paul Ryan on the ticket has actually sharpened the issues in a lot of these races and helped Democratic challengers.”