Cook Political Report Shifts PA-6 to Lean Republican
The only Pennsylvania race they shifted is Congressman Ryan Costello’s 6th district. Cook shifted the race from ‘likely Republican’ to ‘lean Republican.’
“[W]hile Hillary Clinton carried his district, he also had the good fortune of running against a Democrat allergic to fundraising,” the report said.
So far, only one Democrat has entered the race, Chrissy Houlahan. Houlahan has been gaining national recognition from Democrats, and showcased a strong fundraising quarter raising over $432,000 in the second quarter.
“Chrissy Houlahan’s strong candidacy, coupled with Costello’s committee vote for the Republican repeal bill, make Costello ripe for replacement,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Evan Lukaske said in a statement about the rating change.
In 2016, Clinton won the district by 0.6 percent, while Costello won his seat by 14.48 points.
Update: Costello’s campaign pushed back that Houlahan’s ties to national Democrats will hurt her in the district, and Costello’s organization within the district.
“There is no question Nancy Pelosi is eager to get her hands on PA6 so she can return as Speaker of the House. Voters in this district know better. They do not want to embrace the far left Pelosi agenda of socialized medicine, higher taxes, less security and bigger government, which is what they’ll get with Ms. Houlahan. We have a strong organization, resources and the best candidate all of which will translate to victory next November,” Costello campaign senior adviser Vincent Galko said in an email.