( CNN) If Republicans defy the political odds and hold the House majority in November, it would cement the party’s power for another two years and dedicate President Donald Trump unfettered ability to advance his agenda in his first term.

“It’s hard for anybody to genuinely build plans, ” one Republican aide told CNN, adding “there is not a lot of guidance from the White House.”

Republicans’ chances are still long, but in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s bitter verification battle, Trump’s rising approving rating and tightening polls, Republican in the House have watched their odds of maintaining the majority improve in recent weeks, with GOP aides across Capitol Hill voicing more confidence that they’ll maintain the speaker’s gavel after the midterms.

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