Ratings Changes from Sabato's Crystal Ball
By 270toWin Staff
May 10, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball has updated a few race ratings for the November elections. They also discuss a few other contests where changes were considered, along with a recap of this past Tuesday's key primary results.
The maps below reflect their current ratings for Senate, House and governor. Click or tap any of them for an interactive version.
- Tennessee, where polling has indicated a very competitive race, moves from likely R to leans R
- West Virginia, where Republicans chose the more electable of two political outsiders, moves from leans R to toss-up
Republicans currently have a 51-49 edge; Democrats need a net gain of two to take control. That is an uphill climb in a year where the party is defending 26 of the 35 seats up for election, including 10 won by Donald Trump in 2016.
- NC-9, where incumbent Robert Pittenger (R) lost in Tuesday's primary, moves from leans R to toss-up
- OH-16, based on the nominees chosen on Tuesday, moves from likely R to safe R
- FL-25 saw the entry of a credible Democratic challenger and moves from safe R to likely R (this change was made last week and is not discussed in the article)
Of the 54 seats seen as most competitive (rated toss-up or leaning), Republicans hold 49 of them. This includes the vacant OH-12, which will be filled by a special election in August. 218 seats are needed for control.
- Massachusetts, where popular governor Charlie Baker is well-positioned for re-election, moves from likely R to safe R
There are 36 gubernatorial elections in 2018.