Washington (CNN) - Hours after one of the nation's top non-partisan political handicappers increased his forecast of how many seats the Republicans may pick up in the House of Representatives this November, another also raised the ante.
The Cook Political report put out a new prediction late Tuesday morning pointing towards GOP gains in the chamber of at least 40 seats, up from their most recent forecast of up to 35 seats. The Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats to take back control of the House.
"Over the summer, the 'macro' national diagnostic indicators have pointed toward very large Republican gains but only now can we look race-by-race, a micro-political approach, and see the district level data to say that the House has reached the tipping point," says Cook Political Report House Editor David Wasserman. "We are revising our House forecast to a Republican gain of at least 40 seats, the minimum to give them majority status, and very possibly substantially more."
Earlier Tuesday the Rothenberg Political Report put out new prediction pointing towards likely GOP gains from 37 to 42 seats in the chamber, up from the 28 to 33 seats predicted in their most recent forecast.
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