(CNN) - History and recent polling suggest Democrats will most likely lose their majority in the House in Tuesday's election. But according to the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the chamber “is not a lost cause.”
“I think all these Washington pundits are going to be surprised,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I believe Democrats are going to hold onto the House.”
Although he said he is not “acting as if everything is great,” his optimism stems from strong early voting figures.
“The early vote indicates that, and all these independent voters that pundits said are going to vote two-to-one for Republicans – it’s not happening,” Van Hollen said.
He also said on policy, the momentum is with the Democrats.
“They are doing what voters should do, which is finally taking a very close look at where these Republican candidates stand on the issues, and they don’t like what they see,” he said.
Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee responded to Van Hollen's comments.
“They say the first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem, yet Chris Van Hollen and his party are still completely oblivious to the intervention they’re about to receive from voters on Tuesday night," Lindsay said. "The message the American people are prepared to send to Democrats has nothing to do with ‘secret campaign money’ and everything to do with the spending addiction in Washington that has stifled any hope of job creation in this country.”