GOP gaining ground in House races

The Cook Political Report has revised its district-by-district assessment of this fall’s House races. 21 races have a new rating and 17 of them favor Republicans.

Of particular interest for us is the reassessment of the race in Minnesota’s Eighth District, in which John’s friend Stewart Mills is challenging incumbent Democrat Rick Nolan. Cook has switched this race from “leans Democrat” to “toss-up.”

Stewart Mills will be one of our “Power Line Picks.” We will be presenting our full slate very soon.

Two other Minnesota races have moved favorably to Republicans, according to Cook. The race involving John’s congressman, John Kline, has been moved from “likely Republican” to “solid Republican.” And in the Seventh District, the race between incumbent Democrat Collin Peterson and Republican Torrey Westrom has moved from “likely Democrat” to “leans Democrat.”

There are now 16 House races that Cook rates a toss-up. Thirteen of them involve seats held by Democrats. We like that math. We also like the trend Cook detects.