Cook Political Report shifts two House race projections toward Dems
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The nonpartisan Cook Political Report on Monday shifted in Democrats' favor its projections of two House seats in Virginia and Kentucky currently held by Republican lawmakers.

In the 10th District of Virginia represented by Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockGOP lawmaker introduces bill to stop revolving door Ex-lawmakers face new scrutiny over lobbying Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign MORECook shifted its projection from “toss-up” to leaning in favor of state Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D). 


Though Virginia’s affluent and well-educated 10th District has been represented by GOP lawmakers for years, the region has recently been trending blue. Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE won the district by 10 points in 2016, and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam carried it by more than 12 points in 2017.

Cook also indicated that in the 6th District of Kentucky, which is currently represented by three-term GOP Rep. Andy Barr, the midterm elections in November are projected to be a “toss-up," a change from leaning toward Barr getting reelected.  

Barr’s Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath, a former Marine pilot who captured national headlines after pulling off an upset primary victory back in May, is betting that her anti-establishment brand will help her bid in an election year that appears to be shaping up to have a Democratic wave.