Cook Political Report moves 5 GOP-held seats towards Dems

Cook Political Report moves 5 GOP-held seats towards Dems
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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 CoffmanBottom Line Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE's (R) race moved from the "toss-up" column to "lean Democrat," giving his challenger, Jason Crow, a slight edge in the contest.

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Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingThe 9 House Republicans who support background checks Progressive gun control activist on NRA: 'Don't count them out' McConnell faces pressure to bring Senate back for gun legislation 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 BuddHouse conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess Conservatives ask Barr to lay out Trump's rationale for census question 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. FitzpatrickHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Ensuring quality health care for those with intellectual disabilities and autism House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad 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 CarterTexas Democratic Senate candidate says she does not support Green New Deal Population shifts set up huge House battleground GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers 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 John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? 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.