Cook Political Report Shifts House Ratings After New Map Released
According to the report, Democrats have a chance to pick up at least nine seats in this year’s election.
The seven districts that Cook shifted are the new 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 16th, and 17th districts.
Six of the seven shifts move seats in favor of Democrats. The only shift towards Republicans is the new 11th district that would be represented by Congressman Lloyd Smucker which moved from ‘likely R’ to ‘solid R.’
The new map shows likely major gains for Democrats in the southeast. The new 5th district, which will be an open seat with the retirement of Congressman Pat Meehan, shifts from a ‘lean D’ to a ‘likely D’ and moves in Cook’s PVI score from R+1 to D+13.
The 6th district, which remains Congressman Ryan Costello’s seat, shifts from a ‘lean R’ to a ‘toss up’ and the PVI goes from a R+2 to D+2.
The entire ranking can be viewed below.