26 House Races Shift Towards Democrats

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball updates its House ratings:

  • With less than a week to go, the PA-18 special election moves from Leans Republican to Toss-up. In addition to that ratings change, we are making 25 other changes in the House, all in favor of Democrats.
  • No Democratic incumbent is now rated worse than Likely Democratic, a nod to the reality that in a Democratic-leaning environment it will be difficult for Republicans to dislodge many or perhaps even any Democratic incumbents, though there are a handful of Democratic open seats that are more viable Republican targets.
  • After these ratings changes, for the first time this cycle we have fewer than 218 seats (the number needed for a majority) at least leaning to the Republicans.
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