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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 CartwrightThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats break fundraising records in Senate races Races heat up for House leadership posts Trump Jr. seeks to elect 'new blood' to Republican Party 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 WextonVirginia voter registration website back up after outage on last day to register House advances bill aimed at imports tied to Uyghur forced labor This week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg's seat upends Congress's agenda 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 RoyDemocrats seek wave to bolster House majority Texas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Smart or senseless for Biden to spend time in Georgia, Iowa? MORE's race in Texas's 21st District, which was moved from "lean Republican" to "toss-up."

The development comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline 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 BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE with a lead of 8.6 points over Trump. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy urges networks not to call presidential race until 'every polling center has closed' House Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 Rocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire 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 HillKatie Hill to launch 'Naked Politics' podcast Katie Hill claims hackers used government account to accuse her of 'workplace abuse' Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta endorses California Democratic House challenger 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 condemn alleged hysterectomies on migrant women House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances House votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol MORE (R-Calif.), Gil CisnerosGilbert (Gil) Ray CisnerosMORE (D-Calif.), Jason CrowJason CrowGiffords launches national Gun Owners for Safety group to combat the NRA House approves .2T COVID-19 relief bill as White House talks stall Lawmakers grill Pentagon over Trump's Germany drawdown MORE (D-Colo.), Steve WatkinsSteven (Steve) Charles WatkinsEthics panel opens probe into Rep. Watkins after voter fraud charges The 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 MORE (R-Kan.), Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornEnergized by polls, House Democrats push deeper into GOP territory Republican fears grow over rising Democratic tide 3 congressmen on Air Force One with Trump took commercial flight after president's diagnosis MORE (R-Minn.), Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsIf we want change, young people have to do more than protest Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch MORE (D-Minn.), Richard HudsonRichard Lane HudsonDemocrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade How Congress is preventing a Medicare bankruptcy during COVID-19 Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (R-N.C.) and Dan Bishop (R-N.C.).

They also include Reps. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotDemocrats seek wave to bolster House majority House Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Democrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade MORE (R-Ohio), Troy Balderson (R-Ohio), Van TaylorNicholas (Van) Van Campen TaylorBiden pushes into Trump territory Biden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Changing suburbs threaten GOP hold on Texas MORE (R-Texas), Ron WrightRonald (Ron) WrightHispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Comedian 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 MORE (R-Texas), Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Yoho apologizes for accosting AOC MORE (R-Texas) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerDemocratic poll shows tight contest in Washington House race Centrist Democrats 'strongly considering' discharge petition on GOP PPP bill This week: House returns for pre-election sprint MORE (R-Wash.), as well as the open race in Indiana's 5th District to replace Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksDemocrats seek wave to bolster House majority Energized by polls, House Democrats push deeper into GOP territory Bipartisan lawmakers call for broadband expansion to eliminate inequities MORE (R).

-- Juliegrace Brufke contributed