Inside Elections has revised its estimates of how many seats Democrats are likely to take in each room. In the Senate, this is now a net gain of four to six seats, which puts Democrats well on the way to a majority. They need a four-seat net gain to overthrow the Senate, or the three Vice Presidents will sever ties in the Senate if the Vice House wins.
The most notable of the two Senate race rating changes is in Kansas, which changes from Lean Republican to Tilt Republican. Senate Pat Roberts is retiring, leaving an open seat in the state where Trump scored nearly 21 points. Democrats have not won a Senate seat here since 1932, so it is theoretically easier for Republicans to hold on to.
Roger Marshall, the GOP Republican, who relieved the Republicans of his initial victory over Chris Kobach, did not do much relief in the final stages of the campaign. Instead, while national GOP groups have to spend on his behalf, former Republican Democrat Barbara Bollier raised nearly $ 13 million in the third quarter. She opened with $ 7.6 million in October, compared to Marshall’s 7 1.7 million.
Switching from Tilt Democratic to Lean Democratic Colorado is a more viable option. GOP Sen. Corey Gardner is running for a second term in the state where Trump lost by five points in 2016 and could lose by a much wider margin in November. The fight over the Supreme Court space has further nationalized the race, reminding voters that despite what Gardner says about loving the environment and being bilateral, he is still a Republican senator.
In the House, Inside Elections now takes Democrats to the 10 to 20-seat net. It is an extraordinary position to say that the Democrats are maintaining their 2018 historic interim gains, many of whom were in districts that Trump held four years ago. Even in the districts he won, the president is proving to pull on down-ballot Republicans, while helping Democrats commit crimes in red districts that were not part of the battlefield at the beginning of the cycle. The majority of Republicans want a 17-seat net gain, which is rarely seen.
Suburban seats are moving toward Democrats
In a world where house races are more nationalized, Trump’s popularity is bad news for Republicans – even those who have traditionally been in the Red Districts for a long time.
Arizona’s 6th district, for example, voted for Trump in 2016, but according to Inside Elections, it is one of the highest rates of college education the Republican represents. This is one reason why Tilt switched from Republican to toss-up, although Republican David Schwickert also did not help in any way with his moral issues. Meanwhile, Biden and Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly, Democrat Hiral Tipirney, are likely to raise the emergency room doctor, who has surpassed those in office five times.
The GOP Republic is the 2nd district of Arkansas represented by French Hill, and the 2nd district of Missouri, represented by GOP Republic on Wagner, shares similar suburban dynamics, making them more likely to compete for Democrats. Inside Elections Hill changes the district from Lean Republican to Tilt Republican and Wagners to Tilt Republican to toss-up. Wagner’s defeat would be detrimental to Republican women, of whom only 13 are in the current GOP meeting and two are not running for re – election.
Long Island suburban vote New York Republican Lee Zeldin faces Trump ally, Democrat Nancy Goroff, former president of the Stony Brook Department of Chemistry. She has been leaning towards her background as a scientist since the start of the race, but the pandemic – and Trump violating scientific guidelines – gave her another chance to argue that it was time for Trump and Zeldin to go. Inside Elections changes the race from Republican to Lean Republican.
Biden’s strength is facing Chip Roy, a former governor of the Republic of Texas, against Wendy Davis. The race moves from tilt Republican to toss-up.
The ticket top improves Democratic prospects in Florida’s 18th district, where GOP Republic’s Brian Mast is running for a third term. The race varies from solid Republican to Republican.
The Democrats’ inequality is also evident in some of the suburban districts they are defending, which they flipped in 2018. Inside Elections Democratic Republican Lucy Macbeth is running against former GOP Republic Karen Handel in the 6th District of Georgia from Tilt Democratic to Lean Democratic. Another 2018 pickup, the 3rd District of Kansas, will change from Likley Democratic to Solid Democratic, leaving a list of competing seats. Similarly, the 3rd District of Iowa goes from Tilt Democratic to Lean Democratic. The 3rd District of New Jersey moves from the Lean Democratic to the Liqueur Democratic, while the 32nd District of Texas moves from the Liqueur Democratic to the Solid Democratic.
The 26th District of Florida is a bright spot for Republicans this summer. With Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Trump working better with Cuban American voters, it seemed likely that they would oust Democratic Freshman Republican Debbie Mukersel-Powell. It is hard to see Gimenez surpassing the national climate in this district where Clinton won and Biden took over. It moves from toss-up to tilt Democratic.
Other seats are moving toward Democrats
It’s not just the suburbs that Democrats think will work best. Some seats that are very rural or where Trump did well in 2016 are also moving toward Democrats.
For example, Maine’s 2nd district will drop completely from the list of contesting seats, switching from Lean Democratic to Solid Democratic. Trump comfortably swept the state’s vast northern district in 2016 – and he could win it again this year, but the chances of Biden entering with white working class voters are slim. This is a problem for the president, because he chooses the electoral vote here. In addition to making Biden a competitive seat, Democratic Republican Jared Golden, who ousted the district in 2018, was the first in the country to use rank choice voting for the House race, has a strong profile in the district and has a significant financial advantage over his GOP challenger.
Another district where Trump did well in 2016 – the 1st district of South Carolina – was seen as a top takeover opportunity for Republicans after Democrat Joe Cunningham overthrew the Charleston-Area district in 2018. While the coastal district appears nowhere near as strong for Trump this year, the competing Senate race will also boost Democratic polling. It moves from Tilt Democratic to Lean Democratic.
Republicans wanted to target Matt Cartwright of the Republic of Pennsylvania in the 8th district that Trump carried. But Biden’s advantage in the state is not to help Republicans eliminate the four-term Democrat and it is now a solid democratic race.
Democrats are increasingly enthusiastic about capturing several Trump districts. Minnesota’s 1st district, a rural district that Trump took by a wide margin, was one of three districts that Republicans toppled in 2018, with GOP Republican Jim Hagdorn then holding the open seat. But the new man faced questions of Republican morality and worked hard to raise money in the re-election against Democrat Dan Feihan. It moves from tilt Republican to toss-up.
Virginia’s 5th District, where a Republican defeated the GOP at a conference, was in a position to take advantage of the national climate with a well-funded candidate for the Democrats. It moves from Lean Republican to Tilt Republican.
In the 10th District of Pennsylvania, Democrats have long been excited about their appointment, with state auditor Eugene Dipasquel going from tilt Republican to toss-up. He is trying to oust House Freedom Caucus member GOP Republic Scott Perry. In Illinois, GOP Republic Rodney Davis looks set to be even more at risk in a match against Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in the 13th District, which turns from a tilt Republican to a toss-up.
At the start of the cycle, it’s hard to imagine North Carolina’s 11th district competing. It became a little less red in the court-ordered redistricting, and is now in the Meadows White House, which is an open seat. It varies from Solid Republican to Republican.
Seats moving towards the GOP
The pick-up chances for Republicans are much lower than at the beginning of the cycle. But the two Democrat-held seats are moving their way. Both are seats that Trump has won, where he may excel again in 2020, even if he does not match his 2016 performance.
Minnesota’s 7th district had the largest margin of a Democrat party in 2016. Republican Collin Peterson, chairman of the Agriculture Committee, is well known in the big district and is widely regarded as the last Democrat to hold the seat. He has faced close competition against the underfunding GOP Challenger for the past two cycles, and this time, his opponent – former Lieutenant Government Mitchell Fishbach – actually has money and national party support. Inside Elections transforms the 7th District from Tilt Democratic to toss-up.
Democrats are also on the defensive in New Mexico’s 2nd district, which flipped when Republican Joachim Torres Small was an open seat in 2018. She was locked up during a match against Republican White Herrell. The race tilt moves from Democratic to toss-up.
The 23rd District of Texas is one of four Clinton districts still in Republican hands. Democrats felt they had a good shot at electing the district this year as GOP Republic will not run for re-election to Will Herd. Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, who narrowly lost two years ago, hid against Republican Tony Gonzalez, who was caught in the long run. But the encouraging national climate did not extend to this border-district as much as to almost half the state as elsewhere. It goes from Lean Democratic to Tilt Democratic.