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 TrumpThe Memo: Ayers decision casts harsh light on Trump NASA offers to show Stephen Curry evidence from moon landings Freedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill 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 LanceIncoming Dem lawmaker: Trump 'sympathizes' with leaders 'accused of moral transgressions' On The Money: Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority | Grassley opts for Finance gavel, setting Graham up for Judiciary | Trump says China eager for trade deal | Facebook reeling after damning NYT report Tax law failed to save GOP majority MORE (N.J.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickMeet the lawmakers putting politics aside to save our climate Educated voters breaking hard against GOP Bipartisan group of lawmakers propose landmark carbon tax MORE (Pa.) and Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusPennsylvania New Members 2019 Pennsylvania Dem: Trump has proven he's 'interested in negotiating' Trump rips pundits for not giving him ‘proper credit’ for ‘great’ midterm 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 PearceDem governors on 2020: Opposing Trump not enough Election Countdown: Recount prospects grow in Florida | Abrams team to sue over absentee ballots | Dem wins pivotal Georgia House seat | A look at the uncalled races | Corporations spend big to beat ballot measures Torres Small flips New Mexico House seat for Dems MORE’s (R-N.M.) open seat and the special election to fill the seat vacated by ex-Rep. Pat TiberiPatrick (Pat) Joseph TiberiOhio New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress GOP Rep. Balderson holds onto seat in Ohio 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 CarbajalBoth sides bullish as Pelosi's Speaker fight heats up 14 House Dems vow to withhold Speaker votes over rule reforms Dems outraising Republicans in final stretch of midterms MORE (D-Calif.), Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristMeet the lawmakers putting politics aside to save our climate Bipartisan group of lawmakers propose landmark carbon tax GOP makes inroads with Hispanics in Florida 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.