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Michael Steele: GOP Won't Take House in 2010

5935831Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele was asked by Fox News' Sean Hannity last night if the GOP will take control of the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections.

Steele's response? "Not this year."

Democrats currently outnumber Republicans 257-178 in the House, giving them a 79-seat advantage. Steele said that while "we're going to see, I think, nice pickups in the House," he didn't expect to close that gap entirely.

Steele, who is pushing a new book, did hedge later in the conversation, saying "I don't know yet" when asked again about the party's prospects. He said "we're just now beginning to look at the races."

"I can't give a number yet," Steele said.

Other Republicans have suggested they believe the GOP can take the House in 2010.

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