Posted at 9:18 PM ET by Will Sullivan
At a short press conference at 8 p.m., North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, expressed faith in her GOP colleagues--at least those in the Senate.
"We're going to do what I predicted all along. We are going to keep the majority," she said. The statement came only minutes before networks announced that Democrats had kept the seat of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and had unseated GOP Sens. Mike DeWine and Rick Santorum.
When asked about the House, Dole punted. "Well, the House, we'll see how things work out, yeah," she said.
Dole also placed responsibility for congressional ethics problems squarely on the shoulders of the other chamber. "Obviously, we need to clean up the House," she said. "It's a bipartisan problem, and it needs a bipartisan solution."
What about the subdued atmosphere at the NRCC and NRSC compared with the party the Democrats have at the Hyatt Regency? "Party? Let's have a party!" Dole said, gesturing around the room. "I think we are focused on what we're doing right now. There is plenty of time for big events."