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Steny Hoyer: Don't Bet On Democrats Retaking House Majority

Some Democrats are feeling optimistic, but the minority whip concedes it's an uphill climb.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) joins veterans, servicemembers and aspiring recruits to call on Congress and President Barack Obama to move forward with immigration reform at the U.S. Capitol November 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. T

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) joins veterans, servicemembers and aspiring recruits to call on Congress and President Barack Obama to move forward with immigration reform at the U.S. Capitol November 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. T

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

As House Democrats huddle through Friday in Philadelphia at a strategy retreat, their No. 2 leader, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, admits he wouldn't bet "a whole lot of money" on his party winning back their chamber's majority in 2016.

"I probably wouldn’t do that," Hoyer told reporters. But the minority whip added a couple of caveats:  "One of the things you find in today's politics is its volatility.  And people are not very attached to a party."