Five more Republican-held House seats are moving closer to the Democrats' reach.
The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, shifted its ratings for five House races Wednesday, lifting Democrats' chances in GOP-held districts in Colorado, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.
In Colorado, Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanColorado remap plan creates new competitive district Colorado governor says he was not exposed to COVID-19 after Aurora mayor tests positive Colorado mayor says he called protesters 'domestic terrorists' out of 'frustration' MORE's (R) race moved from the "toss-up" column to "lean Democrat," giving his challenger, Jason Crow, a slight edge in the contest.
Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingBiden pays homage to Obama by rocking tan suit during birthday week Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly to host New York radio show Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee MORE's (R-N.Y.) reelection bid in New York's 1st District also moved over from the "solid Republican" column to "likely Republican." It's not yet considered a competitive race, but has the potential to become one.
King, a 13-term incumbent, is facing a challenge from Liuba Grechen Shirley, a nonprofit consultant who's running as a political outsider.
In North Carolina, Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddDemocratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Democrats look to make debt ceiling a winning issue Veteran, author launches US Senate campaign in North Carolina MORE's (R) race in the 13th District has been moved into the "toss-up" from "lean Republican," signaling that his bid against Democratic philanthropist Kathy Manning is as competitive as can be.
Likewise, Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickTo sustain humanity COP26 must lead on both climate and biodiversity House passes bill to expand workplace protections for nursing mothers The 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress MORE (R-Pa.) has found himself in a "toss-up" race, according to Cook. His race against former lobbyist Scott Wallace was among those moved over from the "lean Republican" column on Wednesday.
And in Texas's 31st District, Democrat MJ Hegar appears to be gaining on Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterEarly redistricting plans show GOP retrenching for long haul Bottom line READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R). That race moved from the "likely Republican" column to the "lean Republican" column on Wednesday.
Cook's latest moves are good news for Democrats, who have mounted an aggressive bid to retake control of the House in November. They're banking on deep dissatisfaction with President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE among Democratic-leaning and independent voters to hand them the majority.
Democrats need to pick up at least 23 seats in November to win control of the lower chamber.
FiveThirtyEight, an elections analysis website, currently gives Democrats a 79.6 percent chance of flipping the House this year.