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Cook Political Report moves 9 House races toward Dems

The Cook Political Report, a top nonpartisan election handicapper, shifted nine House races to more favorable for Democrats in this year's midterm elections.

The new rating changes released on Friday come a few days after Pennsylvania’s nationally watched House special election, where Democrats will likely have a huge upset in a district that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE won by nearly 20 points in 2016.

Democrat Conor Lamb declared victory and leads Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone by 627 votes, but some media outlets have yet to call the race.

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Some of the most notable rating changes include three races that have shifted from "lean Republican" to "toss-up": the seats held by GOP Reps. Leonard LanceLeonard LanceGOP strategist says Republican candidates are 'all over the map' on immigration Money can’t buy happiness or elections, but it makes life easier Dems see blue 'tsunami' in House as Senate path narrows MORE (N.J.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickGroup begins 'Nuns on the Bus' tour to protest Trump tax law ahead of midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Historic vote on Kavanaugh to come amid protests, anger Dems announce third-quarter fundraising bonanza MORE (Pa.) and Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusDems target small cluster of states in battle for House Poll: Lamb has double-digit lead in Pennsylvania House race The Hill's Morning Report — Historic vote on Kavanaugh to come amid protests, anger MORE (Pa.).

Fitzpatrick's and Rothfus’s seats became more favorable for Democrats after Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court redrew the state’s congressional map in its gerrymandering case. While Republicans are challenging the new lines, they’re still likely to go into effect for the midterms.

Following Tuesday's likely victory, Lamb is looking to switch districts and is preparing a run for Rothfus’s seat. The seat Lamb is poised to win will not exist under the new map, and the area will be drawn into a new, open-seat district that is even more favorable territory for Republicans.

Other notable rating changes include the shift from "likely Republican" to "lean Republican" for Rep. Steve PearceStevan (Steve) Edward PearceHouse battlefield expands as ad wars hit new peak Cook moves status of 6 House races as general election sprint begins Congress, require BLM to respect the rights of private landowners MORE’s (R-N.M.) open seat and the special election to fill the seat vacated by ex-Rep. Pat TiberiPatrick (Pat) Joseph TiberiHow the Trump tax law passed: Dealing with a health care hangover How the Trump tax law passed: Breaking the gridlock  AP: Balderson wins hotly contested Ohio special election MORE (R-Ohio). Rep. Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraU.S. foreign aid empowers women and girls worldwide The importance of advancing the U.S.-India partnership Dem, GOP groups prepare spending blitz for midterms MORE’s (D-Calif.) seat, which is a frequent GOP target, has also shifted from lean Democrat to likely Democrat.

There are also several seats that were already considered safe for Democrats that have tilted even more in their direction, including the shift from "likely Democrat" to "solid Democrat" in the seats held by Rep. Salud CarbajalSalud CarbajalDems outraising Republicans in final stretch of midterms Latinos aren't reaching top military positions, study shows IRS makes it easy for nonprofits to spend dark money in our elections MORE (D-Calif.), Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristEx-Florida lawmaker leaves Republican Party Nelson expected to get a boost from Gillum in toughest reelection in years Florida’s lost summers: Toxic algae ‘emergency’ decades in the making MORE (D-Fla.) and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.).

Only one rating change favors Republicans due to the new maps in Pennsylvania: the seat that will likely be held by Lamb through the end of year. It will now shift from "toss-up" to "likely Republican." Saccone has been circulating petitions to run in the new district.