Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains optimistic this evening that Democrats will be victorious in the midterm elections.
"We will be on pace to maintain the majority in the House of Representatives," Pelosi said to media assembled at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. "The people have to speak and this election will not be determined by the pundits."
Pelosi was joined by her colleague Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the organization tasked with electing House Democrats, who said that "millions of voters around the country are proving the Washington pundits absolutely wrong."
Citing high turnout and early returns, Van Hollen added, "This thing is not over."
Asked by CNN about the election data they are receiving, Van Hollen coyly responded, "We are looking at various districts in bell weather precincts within various districts." He declined to elaborate.