Source: Gary | NwoReport

House Democrats’ fortunes took a turn for the worse Wednesday when two prominent election forecasters shifted 16 congressional races toward Republicans’ favor.

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics shifted 11 races toward the GOP. Most of the changes in narrowly competitive GOP-held districts became “safe Republican,” or Democratic districts went from “likely Democratic” to a more competitive rating of “leaning Democratic.”

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Most of the Democratic lawmakers listed by the Cook Political Report and the Crystal Ball are part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s target list this cycle. Six of these members were elected between 2018 and 2020.

“There is still time for smart Democrats to retire rather than lose,” NRCC Spokesman Mike Berg said of the new ratings.

House Republicans are confident they will recapture the chamber, betting on the economic environment of high inflation and the historical political precedent with the party in the White House usually losing seats during the first midterm election.