First lady Michelle Obama told some 200 donors at a fundraiser for House Democrats in Boston that it would be "doable" for them to take control of the chamber in 2014 if loyal voters turn out in November.

Noting that Democrats are 17 seats away from a House majority, Obama said, "that's a doable number."

A lot of women and minorities who mostly agree with Democrats don't show up to vote in midterm elections, she said, adding: "We need to call them and remind them that the midterms are coming and we need to give them a ride to the polls to make sure they get there."

Analysts at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics currently forecast a net Republican gain of five to eight seats. In fact, hardly any impartial observer of the political scene gives Democrats a realistic chance of flipping the House into their control.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said tickets for the private reception at the Intercontinental Hotel ranged from $500 per individual to $32,400 per couple.