Cook Says Dems Cooked in More Races

Things got worse for the Democrats this week, as prognosticator Charlie Cook downgraded the chances for more incumbents.

On Monday, Cook announced that he was shifting four Democratic-held seats from the “Toss Up” category into the “Lean Republican” category – including incumbent Reps. Dina Titus of Nevada, Harry Teague of New Mexico and Frank Kratovil of Maryland – freshmen who have been high on the GOP target list practically since they arrived in Washington.

Cook also placed the Arkansas 1st District seat currently held by retiring Democratic Rep. Marion Berry, where Democrat Chad Causey is running against Republican Rick Crawford, into the “Lean Republican” field.

“Less than 24 hours before polls open, the race for the House has taken on a parliamentary feel,” read the Cook Political Report’s Monday pre-election update. “Democrats are headed for losses of 50 to 60 seats or possibly more, primarily because these races have become highly nationalized affairs in which voters' desire to send President Obama and congressional Democrats a message has trumped local and personal concerns.”