Cook Political Report moves GOP chairman’s race to ‘toss-up’

Cook Political Report moves GOP chairman’s race to ‘toss-up’
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The nonpartisan Cook Political Report on Friday moved the Dallas-area House district represented by Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsHillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America's wireless industry — Lawmaker sees political payback in fight over 'deepfakes' measure | Tech giants to testify at hearing on 'censorship' claims | Google pulls the plug on AI council Lawmaker alleges political payback in failed 'deepfakes' measure As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges MORE (R-Texas) to a "toss-up" in its ratings of top races. 

Sessions's suburban Dallas district could be ripe for a tough challenge from Democrats, especially since the district voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE in 2016. 


Pointing to polling data shared with the group, Cook argued that Sessions, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, is "at the moment, the most vulnerable incumbent in the Lone Star State."

His opponent in this year's election, civil rights attorney and former NFL player Colin Allred, won the Democratic runoff with 70 percent of the vote. Allred raised $1 million during the primary phase and has $262,000 in cash on hand.

Democrats are expected to heavily invest in the seat — the House Majority PAC, the super PAC aligned with Democratic efforts to flip the House, has already booked more than $2 million in television advertising time in Dallas.  

Meanwhile, Sessions had $1.5 million in his bank account as of the end of March. While Sessions himself hasn't had to run a tough race in more than a decade, he previously chaired the National Republican Congressional Committee and is expected to receives strong financial backing from the party. 

Sessions is one of a number of Republican incumbents who face tough reelection races this year in Texas. Democrats are mounting credible challenges against Reps. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonLack of transparency may put commercial space program at risk Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers MORE (R) and Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Democrat running for Will Hurd's seat raises over million in first 100 days of campaign Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (R) as well.

Democrats currently hold a 6-point advantage over Republicans on a generic House ballot, according to a poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling released this week.