Midterm Countdown: Both Parties Say They'll Take the House

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With just nine days to go until the midterm election, the leaders of both parties claim they will have control of the House of Representatives when all the votes are counted.

Someone is wrong.

The Republican party chairman Michael Steele said there is a "vibration" out there in the race for House control.

"I think you're going to see a wave, an unprecedented wave, on Election Day that's going to surprise a lot of people," Steele said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

On ABC's "This Week," Democratic National Committee head Tim Kaine didn't exude the same confidence of his counterpart, but still expressed optimism.

"It's all about turnout and ground game, and we're seeing good early voting trends and we -- we've got work to do, but we think we can do it," he said.

Obama Hits Five States in Four Days Campaigning for Democrats

After a busy run of four days, President Obama took today off, but is scheduled to be back on the campaign trail Monday, visiting Rhode Island as he pleads for Democrats to vote.

"In 2008, you said, 'Yes, we can' -- in 2010 you've got to say, 'Yes, we can,'" the president said Saturday night at a rally in Minnesota.

Democrats claim to have closed the so-called "enthusiasm gap," but that doesn't mean they can win all their vulnerable seats.

Sarah Palin warned Republicans at a rally in Florida that it is not time to get complacent, but already mainstream Republicans are crediting the tea party for what they expect to be a landslide.

"They are adding to Republican votes and they're going to help us win control of the House. And they are going to help us make major gains in the Senate," former Bush White House official Ed Gillespie said on ABC's This Week.

Midterm Elections: Obama Hits Campaign Trail Trying to Turn GOP Momentum

Obama spends most of this week rolling out some small business initiatives and next weekend has four rallies scheduled for his closing argument.

The president toured five states in four days -- Oregon, Washington state, California, Nevada and finally Minnesota -- in an attempt to stifle "Democratic fatigue" in a number of tight races before the Nov. 2 elections.

At a rally Saturday in Minneapolis, the president stumped for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton, who will be facing off against Republican Tom Emmer and independent Tom Horner.

"All they've got is the same old stuff that they were peddling over the last decade," Obama said. "I just don't want to relive the past. The other side is betting on amnesia. It is up to you to show them that you have not forgotten."

Discontent over unemployment -- still stagnant at 10 percent -- and the state of the economy has turned to anger among voters across the country. This is causing a number of Democrats to fight in increasingly tight races against their rivals.

Kaine said on ABC's "This Week" today that the Democrats' new push for energy is working, and the party may be able to hold control of the House.

ABC News Political Director Amy Walter said she doubted that Democrats would be able to turn things around.

"Races may tighten, but Republicans are still leading," ABC News Political Director Amy Walter said. "It is very difficult to see how the Democrats can hold the House. There are just too many seats in play that Democrats hold. There are too many Democratic incumbents right now who are polling under 50 percent."

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