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Pelosi predicts Democrats will hold their House majority

From Deirdre Walsh, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • House Speaker convenes meeting of chamber's Democrats
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi: "I want to have the same big, strong majority that we have"
  • Democrats won 257 of the 435 House seats in 2008 elections

Washington (CNN) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted Tuesday that House Democrats would retain their majority in Congress.

On her way in to meet with Democrats just returning to Capitol Hill after a six-week summer break, Pelosi told reporters she was confident in her party's chances of prevailing in November's congressional elections.

"I am not yielding one grain of sand. I want to have the same big, strong majority that we have," said Pelosi, D-California.

Other Democratic leaders also have said they expect the party to hold their House majority. In the last congressional elections, in 2008, Democrats won 257 of the 435 House seats.

Republicans are hoping that public anger over high unemployment and the federal deficit will fuel an anti-incumbent wave that will hurt Democrats in the November voting.