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 YoungCongress: Pass legislation that invests in America's water future Bipartisan group introduces legislation to protect federal workers' health benefits during shutdowns Deceptions may sink plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Refuge 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 ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedLawmakers offer bipartisan resolution highlighting sexual assault prevention GOP lawmaker: Battle over Trump tax returns 'is going to have to be litigated' Overnight Health Care: Lawmakers get deal to advance long-stalled drug pricing bill | House votes to condemn Trump's anti-ObamaCare push | Eight House Republicans join with Dems | Trump officials approve Medicaid expansion in Maine 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 John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE signed into law in December.

In Oklahoma, where Rep. Steve RussellSteven (Steve) Dane RussellThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority 5 themes to watch for in 2020 fight for House Oklahoma New Members 2019 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 CarterCornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Bottom Line 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.