President Joe Biden told reporters on Monday that he is “optimistic” about Tuesday’s midterm elections, but that he is sure Democrats will face a “tough” battle to keep the charge of the House.
“I’m feeling, feeling optimistic. But I’m always optimistic,” Biden told reporters as he arrived at the White House. He campaigned for Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore at Bowie State University earlier that day.
When a reporter asked if Democrats could keep their House majority, Biden was less enthusiastic. “I think it’s going to be tough, but I think we can,” Biden replied.
“I think we’ll win the Senate. I think the House is tougher,” he added.
When asked what the new reality in Washington would be with a Republican-controlled House, Biden said it would be “more difficult.”
His remarks come as Democrats face stiff competition from Republicans who have heavily campaigned on Biden’s unpopularity.
According to Fox News Power Rankings, the Republican Party will take control of the House, while the Senate is still up for grabs.
Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania are neck-and-neck races that will determine which party controls the Senate, with 47 Senate seats likely going to Democrats and 49 to Republicans.
According to Fox News Power Rankings, Republicans will gain a House majority of 236 seats, a 19-seat majority.