Cook Report Moves 14 House Races Towards Democrats Following Shutdown


The Cook Political Report changed its ratings of 15 House seats Friday, moving 14 of them in the direction of Democrats following the government shutdown.

“Mostly as a result of the damage House Republicans sustained during the 16-day government shutdown, we are making changes to our ratings in 15 House seats, all but one in Democrats’ direction,” Cook Political Report┬ásaid in a statement.

House Republican seats Cook deemed more in danger include those occupied by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY).

The Cook statement warned that while Democrats have acheived fundraising success recently, they still have a while before the 2014 elections.

“Democrats still have a very uphill climb to a majority, and it’s doubtful they can sustain this month’s momentum for another year,” the Cook statement says. “But Republicans’ actions have energized Democratic fundraising and recruiting efforts and handed Democrats a potentially effective message.”

Updated Friday at 12:24 p.m.