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Cook Political Report moves Senate races in Texas, Georgia, Alaska toward Democrats

The Hill logo The Hill 10/13/2020 Zack Budryk
a man wearing a suit and tie walking on a sidewalk: Cook Political Report moves Senate races in Texas, Georgia, Alaska toward Democrats © Courtesy Raphael Warnock Cook Political Report moves Senate races in Texas, Georgia, Alaska toward Democrats

The Cook Political Report on Tuesday shifted Senate races in Georgia, Texas and Alaska, all with Republican incumbents, toward Democrats.

Cook changed its rating for Alaska's Senate race from "likely Republican" to "lean Republican." Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) is seeking reelection against Al Gross, an independent candidate backed by the state Democratic Party. Sullivan led by 4 points in the most recent survey, conducted Sept. 25-Oct. 4 by Alaska Survey Research, but the state has one of the least-polled Senate races.

In Texas, Cook also shifted the race from "likely Republican" to "lean Republican." There, Sen. John Cornyn (R) faces Air Force veteran and former congressional candidate M.J. Hegar. Cornyn leads the race by an average of 7.6 points, according to the RealClearPolitics (RCP) average.

Cook also shifted Georgia's Senate special election from "lean Republican" to "toss-up." Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) is defending her seat in a race that includes Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Matt Lieberman. If no one reaches more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two will face a runoff on Jan. 5.

The Democratic vote in the election has largely consolidated around Warnock, a Baptist pastor who currently leads the field by 6.2 points in the RCP average of the race. Lieberman, who trails the other three candidates in most polling, has faced calls to drop out, but these have largely subsided since Warnock took the lead.

Georgia will also hold a standard Senate election for its other seat between incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R) and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff.

Last week, the nonpartisan handicapper shifted the South Carolina Senate race from "lean Republican" in favor of incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) to a "toss-up," giving Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison a boost.

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