The House GOP's Expectations Game

Republicans are trying to downplay expectations for their "Drive to 245" campaign to expand their House majority in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Only about 30 races are considered competitive this cycle, and the GOP needs a net gain of 11 seats in order to reach their goal of a 245-member House majority.

Republicans say that even pick-ups in the high single digits will amount to a successful Election Night for them even if they don't reach the National Republican Congressional Committee's (NRCC) goal. 

"If we got close to double digits, we'd consider that a really good night. Nine would really be huge for us," said a Republican strategist involved with House races. "If we don't hit the 'Drive to 245,' we don't see that as falling short."

Of course, downplaying expectations now when Republicans are expected to make gains in the House and Senate would make achieving their originally stated goal look like an even better accomplishment. 

"Rule number one in politics is under-sell and over-deliver," GOP strategist Ford O'Connell said.

Read more from Cristina Marcos at The Hill

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