Another ratings outlet is moving the race further into the Bucks County Republican’s favor.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s (R-Bucks) race in the 1st Congressional District has moved from Leans Republican to Likely Republican, according to the most recent ratings from the election analysts at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
Sabato Crystal Ball’s Kyle Kondik points to Fitzpatrick’s competition on the Democratic side coupled with his “enormous” fundraising advantage as the reason for this rating change.
“Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-1) occupies a very competitive, Hillary Clinton-won district in Bucks County, a battleground area in Greater Philadelphia,” Kondik writes. “But he lacks a credible opponent and has an enormous fundraising edge, so he moves from Leans Republican to Likely Republican.”
Christina Finello, an Ivyland Borough Councilwoman who has been endorsed by the Bucks County Democratic Party, and Skylar Hurwitz, a technology entrepreneur and small business owner who has been endorsed by Our Revolution Pennsylvania, are the two Democrats vying for the party nomination. However, Fitzpatrick is still set to face another pro-Trump Republican in the upcoming GOP primary in financial advisor Andrew Meehan.
This is the second rating change in Fitzpatrick’s favor from this ratings outlet since February, when they moved the race from Toss-Up to Leans Republican.
With Fitzpatrick’s race moving into the Likely Republican category, the three closest Congressional races in the state are the reelection bids for Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), Scott Perry (R-York), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh). Cartwright and Wild’s races are both Leans Democratic, while Perry’s race is Leans Republican.
Sabato’s Crystal Ball isn’t the only ratings outlet to change the rating in Fitzpatrick’s favor this week. Politico’s 2020 Forecast also changed Fitzpatrick’s race in the 1st District from Toss-Up to Leans Republican, citing similar reasons.
The presidential race in Pennsylvania is still listed as a Toss-Up for Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
See the full ratings changes here.