If Sink were to win, he said, it would be a "big deal" for the party -- a "harbinger" of what is to come this fall.
Hoyer acknowledged that his assessment may be more optimistic than that of others. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report calls the swing seat race a "tossup." Sink, the state's former chief financial officer, faces a tough climb against Jolly, a former congressional aide turned lobbyist, amid President
Most strategists believe the midterm election fight this fall is over the Senate, and that the House will remain in
But Hoyer, the party whip, said
"All of those combine, in my view, and give me great optimism we're going to win back the House," Hoyer said during a round-table meeting with reporters at his office in the Capitol.
It's no secret that Hoyer has long wanted to wield the speaker's gavel, but he squashed talk of any plans to try to wrest the top leadership position from his longtime Democratic rival -- and friend -- Rep.
The Cook Political Report said it is "unlikely" Democrats will pick up the 17 seats this fall needed to flip control of the House.
And several high-profile House Democrats, such as