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 MacArthurThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority 10 things we learned from the midterms New Jersey New Members 2019 MORE; and Pennsylvania's 10th District, held by Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryBlockchain could spark renaissance economy House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 House passes bill expressing support for NATO MORE

North Carolina's 9th District, which is currently represented by outgoing Rep. Robert PittengerRobert Miller PittengerNorth 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 Obama political arm to merge with Holder-run group 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 CurbeloDisinvited GOP lawmaker turns up at Dem hearing Overnight Energy: 2020 rivals rip Biden over expected 'middle ground' climate plan | Dems cancel plans to invite Republican to testify on climate change | House passes .2B disaster aid bill over Trump objections Dems cancel plans to bring in Republican as climate change witness 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 ClintonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE carried the district by 16 points over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE in 2016, and former President Obama beat out Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney expresses opposition to Alabama abortion ban Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' Mitt Romney: War with Iran is 'not going to happen' MORE there by about 11 points in 2012.

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