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 MacArthurRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE; and Pennsylvania's 10th District, held by Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryHouse Democrats make initial ad buys in battleground states Trump lends support to swing district Republicans House GOP urge Trump against supporting additional funding for state and local governments MORE

North Carolina's 9th District, which is currently represented by outgoing Rep. Robert PittengerRobert Miller PittengerBottom Line North Carolina reporter says there could be 'new crop' of GOP candidates in 9th Congressional District race North Carolina board calls for new election in contested House race 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 CurbeloTrump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy Republicans can't exploit the left's climate extremism without a better idea Progressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection 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 ClintonTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Van Jones: A 'white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter' can pose a greater threat to black Americans than the KKK Taylor Swift slams Trump tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?' MORE carried the district by 16 points over President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE in 2016, and former President Obama beat out Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats broaden probe into firing of State Department watchdog Coronavirus and America's economic miracle Former Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project MORE there by about 11 points in 2012.

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