Cook Political Report moves 4 GOP seats to 'toss-up' category

Cook Political Report moves 4 GOP seats to 'toss-up' category
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Four more Republican-held House seats are joining The Cook Political Report's list of "toss-up" races, the election handicapper announced Wednesday.

Among the races moving over to the "toss-up" column: California's 45th District, held by Rep. Mimi Walters; New Jersey's 3rd District, held by Rep. Tom MacArthurThomas (Tom) Charles MacArthur 10 things we learned from the midterms New Jersey New Members 2019 On The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal MORE; and Pennsylvania's 10th District, held by Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryHouse Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 House passes bill expressing support for NATO McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader MORE

North Carolina's 9th District, which is currently represented by outgoing Rep. Robert PittengerRobert Miller PittengerNorth Carolina board calls for new election in contested House race Obama political arm to merge with Holder-run group Fight over North Carolina race set to drag on for months MORE (R), was also moved to the "toss-up" category, Cook reported. Pittenger was defeated by pastor Mark Harris in his primary earlier this year, but Republicans are intent on keeping the seat in GOP hands.

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The latest race-rating movements are welcome news for Democrats, who are working to stage a comeback in dozens of GOP-held congressional districts in a bid to retake the House.

But Cook's changes weren't all bad news for Republicans. Florida's 26th District, currently represented by Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloEx-GOP lawmaker joins marijuana trade group Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign MORE (R), was moved out of the "toss-up" column to "lean Republican," meaning the race remains competitive but with a GOP advantage.

Curbelo has widely been seen as one of the most vulnerable representatives from Florida. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE carried the district by 16 points over President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE in 2016, and former President Obama beat out Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP lawmaker comes out against Trump's emergency declaration Warren's national child care proposal has an ObamaCare problem Dem strategist says former GOP spokeswoman will be 'an asset' to CNN MORE there by about 11 points in 2012.

He is widely expected to face Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the general election in November.