Five more Republican-held House seats are moving closer to the Democrats’ reach.
The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, shifted its ratings for five House races Wednesday, lifting Democrats’ chances in GOP-held districts in Colorado, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.
In Colorado, Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanBottom Line Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE’s (R) race moved from the “toss-up” column to “lean Democrat,” giving his challenger, Jason Crow, a slight edge in the contest.
Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingOn The Money: 3 million more Americans file for unemployment benefits | Sanders calls for Senate to ‘improve’ House Democrats’ coronavirus bill | Less than 40 percent of small businesses have received emergency coronavirus loans GOP Rep. Pete King to buck party, vote for Democrats’ coronavirus relief bill Bipartisan lawmakers call for Postal Service relief MORE’s (R-N.Y.) reelection bid in New York’s 1st District also moved over from the “solid Republican” column to “likely Republican.” It’s not yet considered a competitive race, but has the potential to become one.
King, a 13-term incumbent, is facing a challenge from Liuba Grechen Shirley, a nonprofit consultant who’s running as a political outsider.
In North Carolina, Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddHouse Republican introduces bill to hold up members’ pay if they vote by proxy House GOP lawmakers urge Senate to confirm Vought The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update MORE’s (R) race in the 13th District has been moved into the “toss-up” from “lean Republican,” signaling that his bid against Democratic philanthropist Kathy Manning is as competitive as can be.
Likewise, Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickBipartisan group demands House prioritize communities of color in coronavirus relief bill Fitzpatrick to face Democrat Christina Finello in key Pennsylvania House race Key races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries MORE (R-Pa.) has found himself in a “toss-up” race, according to Cook. His race against former lobbyist Scott Wallace was among those moved over from the “lean Republican” column on Wednesday.
And in Texas’s 31st District, Democrat MJ Hegar appears to be gaining on Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterLawmakers call on VA to remove swastikas from headstones in veterans cemeteries Warren announces slate of endorsements including Wendy Davis and Cornyn challenger Hegar Liberal group endorses Royce West for Texas Senate MORE (R). That race moved from the “likely Republican” column to the “lean Republican” column on Wednesday.
Cook’s latest moves are good news for Democrats, who have mounted an aggressive bid to retake control of the House in November. They’re banking on deep dissatisfaction with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE among Democratic-leaning and independent voters to hand them the majority.
Democrats need to pick up at least 23 seats in November to win control of the lower chamber.
FiveThirtyEight, an elections analysis website, currently gives Democrats a 79.6 percent chance of flipping the House this year.
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