Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicted Friday the top Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, would lose his re-election bid in 2014.
Taking calls in his home state on Nevada's public radio station KNPR, Reid confidently said the math was hard for Senate Republicans to flip control of the chamber, when asked if Democrats could lose their majority in 2014.
"They have to pick up 6 seats. I wasn't a genius with math, but those numbers are hard to come by," Reid said.
Reid went on to predict that the McConnell's Democratic challenger, Alison Grimes, and another Democratic challenger in the South would win seats now held by Republicans, including McConnell, in two red-leaning states.
"We have competitive seats in Kentucky, We are ahead in the polls in Kentucky. We are ahead in the polls in Georgia – Michelle Nunn, Sam Nunn's daughter is ahead of everybody. Alison Grimes is ahead of the Republican leader and so that's two we're going to pick up and we're doing fine around the country," Reid said on
McConnell's race has become one of the hottest races already of the 2014 midterm elections. Alison Grimes, the Kentucky Secretary of State, launched her bid as the Democratic candidate last month. But before McConnell faces Grimes he has to fend off a primary challenge from Matt Bevins, a businessman backed by tea party supporters.
The Senate GOP campaign arm's spokesman Brad Dayspring mocked Reid's comments, saying in a written statement to CNN, "It's Chuck Schumer's opinion that matters, not whatever crazy thing LINO (Leader in Name Only) Harry Reid says."
Dayspring added that every dollar Democrats decide to "spend chasing a flight of fancy" on those two races takes away from defending their own incumbents so "we hope Democrats keep channeling Captain Ahab and chasing their white whales."
Also during the radio program Reid broke with President Obama's recent call to eliminate two agencies - Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae - that underwrite the many mortgage loans.
"I don't agree with the President," Reid said, and then referring to the President's policies regarding the two government backed agencies, he added. "I have no problem looking at them, revising them, revamping. I think getting rid of them is not the right thing to do."
But later when asked by a caller if the Senate leader thought Republicans were hoping just that President would fail, Reid replied that many GOP members in Congress did want to defeat the President's agenda. But the Democratic leader raised questions about their motives, adding, "I hope that's based on substance, not the fact that he's African American."