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 PerryThe Hill's Morning Report — DOJ's planned executions stir new debate Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess Conservatives ask Barr to lay out Trump's rationale for census question 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 CurbeloPelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House The Hill's Morning Report - Congress returns: What to expect Wave of GOP retirements threatens 2020 comeback 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 ClintonDemocrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 Pelosi: Whistleblower complaint 'must be addressed immediately' Election meddling has become the new normal of US diplomacy MORE carried the district by 16 points over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE in 2016, and former President Obama beat out Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney: Trump asking Ukraine to investigate political rival 'would be troubling in the extreme' Bolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump Bipartisan group of senators urges FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately MORE there by about 11 points in 2012.

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