"You will not see giddy aides and members [of Congress] dancing on the stage like the Democrats did in 2006. America is facing tough times with people out of work and a sputtering economy," John Murray, Director of Communications for the Office of the Republican Whip, told ABC News last week. "We understand that it's roll-up-the-sleeves time, not dance party USA."
This afternoon, Speaker of the House Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen will hold a photo opportunity with reporters at the DCCC headquarters on Capitol Hill. Pelosi and Van Hollen are expected to briefly address cameras, but are not likely to entertain any questions from the press.
As the polls close on the East Coast, Pelosi, Van Hollen and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer are set to address Democratic supporters at a DCCC Election Watch Reception at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill. Those remarks will also be open to the press, but the rest of the Democrats' reception will be closed to reporters while the election results trickle in from across the country.
On the other side of the aisle, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, is hosting an Election Night Results Watch at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. Sessions, who is one of the chief architects of the potential Republican takeover in the House, will be joined by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, who stands poised to take over as the next House speaker in the event of a Republican takeover tonight.
In order to seize control of the House of Representatives, Republicans must pick up 39 seats, while the GOP needs to pick up 10 seats in the Senate to win control there. Most political pundits and analysts believe Republicans will be victorious in the House, but will likely fall short in their quest to take over the Senate.
ABC News will broadcast a Vote 2010 Midterm Election special anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos from 9:30 p.m. ET until 11:00 p.m., and then again at 12:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. Terry Moran will help anchor an extended one-hour edition of Nightline from the NRCC watch reception starting at 11:35 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Moran will be joined by Nightline anchors Bill Weir covering an election night rally in Los Angeles for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif, and Cynthia McFadden in Chicago with the Alex Giannoulias Senate campaign.