Five more Republican-held seats in the House are now within the Democrats’ reach.
Cook Political Report, which is a nonpartisan election handicapper, moved its ratings for 5 House races on Wednesday, lifting the Democrats’ chances in Republican-held districts in Colorado, Texas, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
In Colorado, Representative Mike Coffman‘s (R) race changed from being a “toss-up” to a “lean Democrat,” giving his liberal challenger, Jason Crow, a minor edge in the race.
Representative Pete King‘s (R-N.Y.) reelection run for New York’s 1st District moved from the “solid Republican” to “likely Republican.” It isn’t yet considered a very competitive race, but might yet become one.
King, who is a 13-term incumbent, is up against a challenge from nonprofit consultant Liuba Grechen Shirley, a political outsider.
For North Carolina, Representative Ted Budd‘s (R) race for the 13th District was moved to “toss-up” from “lean Republican,” indicating that his bid against the Democratic philanthropist Kathy Manning is extremely competitive.
Likewise, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) found himself running a “toss-up” race, Cook reports. His race against the former lobbyist Scott Wallace moved over from “lean Republican” on Wednesday.
In Texas’s 31st District, the Democrat MJ Hegar is gaining on Representative John Carter (R). That race went from “likely Republican” to “lean Republican” on Wednesday.
Cook’s latest changes are good news for the noble Democrats, who have launched an aggressive bid to retake the control of the House of Representatives in November. They’re counting on deep dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump among the Democratic-leaning and independent Americans to get the wins needed.
Democrats must pick up at least 23 seats this November to regain control of the House.
FiveThirtyEight, which is an elections analysis website, gives Democrats a 79.6% chance of winning the House this year.