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 Coffman20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Denver Post editorial board says Gardner endorsement was 'mistake' Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign 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 KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill House bill seeks to bolster security for synagogues, mosques in wake of attacks Tax Foundation: Bill to roll back SALT deduction cap would cost 3B 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 BuddBlockchain could spark renaissance economy GOP's Tillis comes under pressure for taking on Trump The 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution 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. FitzpatrickHere are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act This week: House to vote on bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination 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 CarterHouse panel advances bill to block military construction funds for border wall New group aims to support female veteran Democratic candidates Joaquin Castro won't run for Senate in Texas 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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.