Trump Ally Newt Gingrich Says There's 66 Percent Chance Democrats Will Win House in Midterm Elections

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Thursday there was a 66 percent chance Democrats would take the house in November's midterm elections. During a Washington Post Live event, Gingrich said the odds were "two out of three" that current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would become Speaker of the House.

November's midterm elections will determine whether Republicans keep control of the house or if Democrats will take over. The Democratic Party needs to acquire 23 seats in order to take control, and right now, Gingrich put the odds in its favor.

"I would say, first of all, Nancy Pelosi is a very smart, very tough person who has earned her position by just brute hard work, by applying her intelligence and by applying a network that has sustained her for a long time," he said. "Anybody who thinks they're going to outmaneuver her is up against somebody who has literally spent her lifetime—she's been in this business forever."

A FiveThirtyEight poll released on Thursday pinned the Democrats' chances at taking the house at 86.7 percent—or five in six. The poll showed Republicans with just a one in six, or 16.3 percent, chance at keeping control of the house.

While Gingrich gave Pelosi two out of three odds, not everyone in the Democratic party is enamored of the minority leader. Pelosi said she could serve as a "transitional figure" in the position, though some Democratic officials were not enthusiastic about the prospect.

"We don't need transitional leadership. We need new leadership," Texas Democratic Representative Filemon Vela recently told The Hill. "And we need to have new leadership from the beginning, when we get back in January."

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Newt Gingrich speaks about Trump, Trudeau, and Nieto regarding NAFTA Negotiations at Dentons NAFTA 2.0 Summit on October 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Gingrich said there was a two of out three chance Nancy Pelosi becomes speaker of the house following midterm elections. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Denton