Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report announced on Friday it was shifting 20 House districts toward Democrats ahead of November's general elections. 

The districts include Rep. Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightRepublicans face worsening outlook in battle for House Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Five takeaways from PPP loan data MORE's (D) race in Pennsylvania's 8th District, which was moved from "toss-up" to "lean Democratic," as well as GOP Rep. Don Bacon's (Neb.) race, which is now rated as a "toss-up."

The latest ratings illustrate the uphill climb Republicans will have to win back the majority. The party previously voiced hopes of picking up 18 seats to regain control. 

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The findings also bode well for Democrats looking to defend districts the party flipped in 2018, including Democratic Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonRepublicans face worsening outlook in battle for House Ocasio-Cortez rejects Yoho apology as disingenuous Democratic lawmakers launch 'Mean Girls'-inspired initiative to promote face masks MORE's seat in Virginia, which moved from "likely Democratic" to "solid Democratic."

Additionally, the report shows shifts favoring Democrats in districts that were once considered Republican strongholds, including GOP Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyRepublicans face worsening outlook in battle for House The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden builds big lead in battleground Florida Internal Democratic poll shows tight race in key Texas House district MORE's race in Texas's 21st District, which was moved from "lean Republican" to "toss-up."

The development comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE's approval rating amid the coronavirus pandemic continues to plummet nationwide and in a series of key states. The RealClearPolitics polling average showed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE with a lead of 8.6 points over Trump. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker Bass honored US Communist Party leader in unsurfaced remarks Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency MORE (R-Calif.) said on Friday he isn't alarmed by races Cook is moving away from Republicans, pointing to now-Rep. Mike Garcia's (R-Calif.) win over Democrat Christy Smith in a special election in May to fill former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Republicans face worsening outlook in battle for House The Hill's Campaign Report: Cook shifts 20 House races toward Democrats MORE's seat.

"Remember, the special election that we had," McCarthy told reporters. "So if you want any indication going forward, that's the best indication."

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Trump's approval rating has also appeared to have affected down-ballot races. Democrats lead Republicans on the generic congressional ballot, 49 percent to 40.7 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight average.

Other ratings changes include Reps. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickArizona Rep. Tom O'Halleran wins Democratic primary Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick wins Democratic primary Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (D-Ariz.), Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockHouse votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers MORE (R-Calif.), Gil CisnerosGilbert (Gil) Ray CisnerosMORE (D-Calif.), Jason CrowJason CrowTrump-Afghan deal passes key deadline, but peace elusive Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Congressional inconsistency continues regarding war powers MORE (D-Colo.), Steve WatkinsSteven (Steve) Charles WatkinsThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Virus bill unlikely to pass this week Rep. Steve Watkins loses Kansas primary after voter fraud charges MORE (R-Kan.), Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornCook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Time to look at both sides of the medical ledger Minnesota congressman diagnosed with cancer MORE (R-Minn.), Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsLeaders call for civility after GOP lawmaker's verbal attack on Ocasio-Cortez House seeks ways to honor John Lewis Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (D-Minn.), Richard HudsonRichard Lane HudsonHow Congress is preventing a Medicare bankruptcy during COVID-19 Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats American meat producers must leverage new technology to protect consumers, workers MORE (R-N.C.) and Dan Bishop (R-N.C.).

They also include Reps. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections Bottom line The Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks MORE (R-Ohio), Troy Balderson (R-Ohio), Van TaylorNicholas (Van) Van Campen TaylorCook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson dies at 89 House GOP urge Trump against supporting additional funding for state and local governments MORE (R-Texas), Ron WrightRonald (Ron) WrightComedian Joel McHale: Reach out and help local restaurants, wear masks with your favorite message; Frontline Foods's Ryan Sarver says we are in inning 3 of the COVID-19 ballgame Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Chinese tech giants caught up in rising US-China tensions MORE (R-Texas), Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Yoho apologizes for accosting AOC Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks: 'That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me' Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (R-Texas) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerGOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler advances in Washington primary House votes to curtail Insurrection Act powers Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (R-Wash.), as well as the open race in Indiana's 5th District to replace Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksCook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats Democrat Christina Hale and Republican Victoria Spartz to face off in House race in Indiana Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries MORE (R).

-- Juliegrace Brufke contributed