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National political handicapper eyes Idaho race

The Cook Political Report, published by Charles E. Cook Jr., is one of the most credible non-partisan trackers of congressional races (The New York Times called it “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative,” while Bob Schieffer of CBS News once called it the “bible of the political community”). Now the report has Idaho on its latest list of changing races, moving freshman 1st District GOP Congressman Bill Sali’s re-election race from “solid Republican” to “likely Republican.” “While it’s not likely that a majority of the races moved from “Solid” to “Likely” Republican will become competitive by November, the poor national climate for the GOP and the DCCC’s unprecedented financial edge makes even very difficult districts for Democrats worth keeping tabs on,” wrote David Wasserman, the report’s editor. The Idaho race was one of 21 House races that the Cook report moved from “solid” to “likely” Republican today. Three races were changed from “likely Republican” to “lean Republican,” two from “toss-up” to “lean Democratic,” and one in Pennsylvania was moved the other direction, from “likely Democratic” to “lean Democratic.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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