House Democratic leaders have been publicly optimistic about the party's prospects for winning back the majority this November. But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has a different take.

“I think it’s likely we’ll see an outcome similar to what we have today,” Durbin told the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. He described a “Democratic majority in the Senate but not 60 votes, and a Republican majority in the House but less than it is today.”

Durbin's position contrasts with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's take. She said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Democrats have a "very excellent chance" at netting the 25 seats needed to win back control of the lower chamber.