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Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems

Cook Political Report on Tuesday shifted eight House races toward Democrats and two in favor of Republicans with 14 days to go before the midterm elections.

The nonpartisan election forecaster projected Democrats will have an edge in key swing districts following the party's massive fundraising haul in the third quarter of this year.

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Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Does Biden have an ocean policy? McCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election MORE (R-Alaska), who is facing off against independent candidate Alyse Galvin, moved from “likely Republican” to “lean Republican” after a recent poll showed the challenger within 2 points of the incumbent.

Florida's 6th, 15th and 27th congressional districts — all are open seats — shifted toward Democrats, moving from "likely Republican" to "lean Republican," "lean Republican" to "toss-up" and "toss-up" to "lean Democrat," respectively.

Arizona's 8th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Debbie Lesko (R), changed from "solid Republican" to "likely Republican." Lesko, who won the special election to replace former Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R) earlier this year, is looking at a rematch with Hiral Tipirneni (D), who came up short in the special election.

Tipirneni more than doubled Lesko's fundraising in the third quarter.

Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedLawmakers brace for battles with colleagues as redistricting kicks off Hundreds of businesses sign on to support LGBTQ rights legislation House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations MORE (R-N.Y.) — a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee — is aiming to retain the 23rd Congressional District seat, which Cook moved from "solid Republican" to "likely Republican." Democrat Tracy Mitrano brought in $855,000 last quarter and has been going after the incumbent for his role in crafting the 2017 GOP tax bill that President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE signed into law in December.

In Oklahoma, where Rep. Steve RussellSteven (Steve) Dane RussellKendra Horn concedes to Stephanie Bice in Oklahoma, flipping seat back to GOP GOP women's group launches six-figure campaign for House candidate Bice Bice wins Oklahoma GOP runoff to face Horn in November MORE (R) is running against former Democratic House staffer Kendra Horn, Cook moved the fifth district from solid Republican to likely Republican after Horn significantly outraised Russell.

Rep. Pete Olsen (R-Texas) saw his race against Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni go from "likely Republican" to "lean Republican," which Cook attributed to the shift in the 22nd Congressional District's demographics.

While the majority of races were shifted in favor of Democrats, Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterBottom line READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE (R-Texas), who represents the Lone Star State's 31st District, went from "lean Republican" to "likely Republican." Rep. Mike BostMichael (Mike) J. BostMORE (R) of the 12th Congressional District in Illinois moved from "toss-up" to "lean Republican" in his race against moderate Democrat Brendan Kelly.