[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/12/art.hoyer.sotu2.cnn.jpg caption =" House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expressed confidence Sunday in Democratic congressional candidates."](CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Sunday expressed his confidence in congressional Democrats’ ability to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, but conceded his party will “probably” lose seats.
“We’re going to hold the House,” Hoyer repeatedly told CNN’s Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."
“Our candidates are feeling good,” Hoyer added.
The two leading non-partisan political handicappers, Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, both predict massive Republican gains in the House this November. The Rothenberg Political Report upped its prediction on Tuesday to 37 to 42 additional seats for Republicans and said that gains of 45 to 55 seats are possible. The Cook Political Report predicts GOP gains of at least 40 seats. Republicans must gain 39 seats in the House to retake the majority.
Hoyer said his party may have to abandon some of its candidates if they fall too far behind and stand no chance of winning election.
“If there are candidates that are very substantially behind and can’t make it, clearly we will have to make some tough judgments,” Hoyer said.