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Politics: Here are the results of the 25 most competitive House races in the 2018 midterm elections

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The 2018 midterm election results are coming in, and all eyes are on the battle playing out in the House of Representatives, which Democrats are forecasted to re-take.

FiveThirtyEight's deluxe House forecast, which includes everything from polls, district fundamentals, fundraising, candidate quality, gave the Democrats a 6 in 7 chance of taking back the House, predicting they would gain an average of 36 seats.

Their House model cast 13 contests as tossup, meaning both candidates had less than a 60% chance of winning, 14 as lean Democratic, and 7 as lean Republican.

Here's which parties and candidates are winning these highly competitive districts:

Kentucky's 6th district: Republican Andy Barr wins re-election with 50.9% of the vote compared to Democrat Amy McGrath 47.9%.

Republican Andy Barr.play

Republican Andy Barr.

(AP)

The candidates: Marine veteran Amy McGrath, the first woman to fly an F-18 fighter jet in the Marine Corps, launched a high-profile bid to unseat long-time Rep. Andy Barr.

Her race gained national attention after one of her campaign ads detailing the barriers she overcame as a woman in the Marines went viral, and she raised $6.9 million in individual donations compared to Barr's $2.5 million.

The district: The 6th occupies a large portion of central Kentucky, including the city and suburbs of Lexington. It's Cook Partisan Lean is R+9, and Trump carried the district by 15 points in 2016.

Predictions and polls: The race was rated as a pure toss-up by FiveThirtyEight on the day of the election. A Nov. 1-4 Siena College/NYT poll showed McGrath and Barr in a dead heat.

Virginia's 5th congressional district: Republican Denver Riggleman beats Democrat Leslie Cockburn 53% to 47%.

Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Denver Riggleman, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.play

Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Denver Riggleman, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

(Steve Helber/AP)

The candidates: Republican Denver Riggleman, a businessman and Air Force veteran, defeated Democratic candidate and former investigative journalist Leslie Cockburn in the open race for the fifth district.

The district: Virginia's 5th district occupies a large swatch of central Virginia, including the city of Charlottesville. Its Cook Political Rating is R+6.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race in the 5th district lean Republican, giving Riggleman a 7 in 10 chance of winning. An Oct. 22-26 Siena College/NYT poll showed Cockburn leading Riggleman by one point.

Florida's 15th district: Republican Ross Spano defeats Democratic opponent Kristen Carlson 53% to 47%.

Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, speaks against the parental trigger bill on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.play

Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, speaks against the parental trigger bill on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.

(Phil Sears/AP)

The candidates: After the district's Republican congressman decided not to run for re-election, State Representative Ross Spano won the primary to challenge former prosecutor and attorney Kristen Carlson. Carlson outraised Spano by more than a 3-to-1 margin.

The district: Florida's 15th district, created after a 2015 redistricting, includes several Tampa suburbs including Brandon and Lakeland, and stretches inland towards the city of Orlando.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race as lean Republican the day of the election, giving Spano a 5 in 8 chance of winning. An Oct. 16-19 Siena College/NYT poll showed Spano and Carlson in a dead heat, with 43% of voters expressing support for each.

Virginia's 2nd district: Democrat Elaine Luria defeated Republican Scott Taylor 51% ro 49%

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Elaine Luria

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The candidates: Both Republican incumbent Scott Taylor and Democratic challenger Elaine Luria are veterans of the US Navy. Taylor is seeking a 2nd term in Congress, while Luria is making her first run for office after retiring as a naval commander in 2017.

The district: Virginia's 2nd district is located on the state's Eastern coast, and includes the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, which is home to a major US Naval base. It's Cook PVI is R+3, and while Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam carried the district in 2017, Trump carried it by 3 points in 2016.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight cast the race as a toss-up the day of the election. A Nov. 2-4 Change Research poll showed Taylor and Luria in a dead heat, while an Oct. 18-22 Siena/NYT Upshot poll showed Taylor leading Luria by 3 points.

Florida's 26th district: Democrat Debbie Mucrasel-Powell defeated incumbent Republican Carlos Curbelo 51% to 49%.

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell at a campaign event in Coral Gables, Fla.play

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell at a campaign event in Coral Gables, Fla.

(Wilfredo Lee, File/AP)

The candidates: Rep. Carlos Curbelo is a rare moderate Republican congressman who has previously bucked his party on issues of climate change, immigration, and tax reform, and hasn't shied away from criticizing President Donald Trump.

His Democratic opponent Debbie Mucrasel-Powell is a South Florida native who has spent her career working in local nonprofits. She had not previously held elected office.

The district: Florida's 26th includes some of Miami-Dade County and all of the Florida Keys at the very southernmost tip of the state. Its Cook PVI is D+6, and it re-elected Curbelo in 2016 despite being carried by Hillary Clinton by a margin of 16 points, which made it a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race as a tossup the day of the election, giving both candidates a 1 in 2 chance of winning. An Oct. 25-28 Siena College/NYT poll showed Mucrasel-Powell leading by 1 point.

Texas' 32nd district: Democrat Collin Allred defeated Republican Rep. Pete Sessions 52% to 46%.

Colin Allred, the Democratic congressional candidate in Texas' 32nd Congressional District, addresses a town hall in Dallas.play

Colin Allred, the Democratic congressional candidate in Texas' 32nd Congressional District, addresses a town hall in Dallas.

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The candidates: Rep. Pete Sessions is a staunch conservative with long-standing connections to core Republican donors, but his alignment with Trump has caused friction with voters in the district Clinton won in 2016.

Democratic civil rights lawyer Colin Allred is a former professional football player and Obama administration alumnus, from whom he received an early endorsement.

The district: The 32nd district is located in the northeast part of the state, and includes part of the city of Dallas as well as many of its suburbs.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race as a toss-up the day before the election. An Oct. 29-Nov. 4 Siena College/NYT poll showed Allred ahead by 4 points.

Illinois' 6th district: Democrat Sean Casten defeated Republican Pete Roskam 53% to 47%.

Democratic candidate Sean Casten for Illinois' 6th Congressional Districtplay

Democratic candidate Sean Casten for Illinois' 6th Congressional District

(AP Images for Human Rights Campaign)

The candidates: Republican Rep. Peter Roskam has represented the district for over 10 years, currently chairing the Subcommittee on Tax Policy on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

First-time Democratic candidate Sean Casten — a scientist and clean energy executive — gave Roskam his toughest re-election fight in years.

The district: The 6th district is located in the densely populated Chicago suburbs, and includes the city of Naperville. It's mostly white and relatively wealthy. Although the 6th district has a Cook PVI of R+2 and has been represented by a Republican since 1973, Hillary Clinton carried district by 7 points in 2016.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight designated the race as "lean Democratic," giving Casten a 5 in 8 chance of winning. An October 20-26 NYT/Siena College poll shows Casten leading Roskam by 2 points.

New Jersey's 3rd district: Republican Tom MacArthur vs. Democrat Andy Kim

GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur (L) is facing a tough challenge from Democrat Andy Kim (R)play

GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur (L) is facing a tough challenge from Democrat Andy Kim (R)

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The candidates: Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur has served New Jersey's 3rd district in Congress since 2014 and is a reliable Trump ally, voting with the President 92% of the time. He drew significant criticism from his constituents for playing a leading role in the GOP’s summer 2017 attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Andy Kim, the Democratic nominee, served in the US Army as a strategic advisor to Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan, and directed Iraq initiatives for the National Security Council under President Obama.

The district: New Jersey’s 3rd occupies a large, mainly suburban chunk of South Jersey. An R+2 district, the 3rd district went for Obama in 2008 and 2012, but Trump carried it by a 6-point margin in the 2016 election.

Ratings and predictions: FiveThirtyEight rated the race as lean Democratic, giving Kim a 5 in 8 chance of winning. An Oct. 21-25 Siena College/NYT poll showed MacArthur leading Kim by just one point.

Virginia's 7th District: Republican Dave Brat vs. Democrat Abigail Spanberger

Seventh District Congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger speaks during a rally in Richmond, Va., Monday, Nov. 5, 2018play

Seventh District Congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger speaks during a rally in Richmond, Va., Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

(Steve Helber/AP)

The candidates: Republican Rep. David Brat has served Virginia's 7th since 2014, when the then-unknown economics professor delivered a shocking victory over former House majority leader, Eric Cantor, that was powered by Tea Party-oriented grassroots campaigning.

Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer and federal law enforcement officer with USPS, won the party's nomination to challenge Brat and ended up raising

The district: The 7th district stretches from the Richmond area to the exurbs outside Washington. While Trump carried the 7th in 2016, which the Cook Report cast as R+6, Democrats sought to capitalize on a growing population of millennials in the Richmond suburbs to re-take the district.

Predictions and polls: The race in the 7th was rated as a toss-up by FiveThirtyEight the day of the election. An Oct. 30-Nov. 4 Siena College/NYT

California's 39th district: Republican Young Kim vs. Democrat Gil Cisneros

Democrat Gil Cisneros (L) is facing Republican Young Kim (R) in the open race in California's 39th congressional districtplay

Democrat Gil Cisneros (L) is facing Republican Young Kim (R) in the open race in California's 39th congressional district

(Screenshot via YouTube/Screenshot via YouTube)

The candidates: Republican Young Kim, a former California State Assemblywoman and constituent liaison for former Rep. Ed Rocye ran against Democrat Gil Cisneros, a multimillionaire philanthropist and Navy veteran who had not previously held elected office.

The district: The 39th district, which includes parts of Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernandido counties, has an even Cook Political Report PVI, meaning it leans neither Democratic or Republican. It voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, but flipped to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The 39th is heavily diverse, with approximately a third of residents identifying as Latino/Hispanic and another third identifying as Asian-American.

The predictions & polls: The race was rated a toss-up by FiveThirtyEight's deluxe model the day of the election. An Oct 18-23 Siena College/NYT poll showed Cisneros just one point ahead of Kim.

North Carolina's 9th district: Republican Mark Harris vs. Democrat Dan McCready

Dan McReady (L) is facing Mark Harris (R) in the open race in North Carolina's 9th congressional districtplay

Dan McReady (L) is facing Mark Harris (R) in the open race in North Carolina's 9th congressional district

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The candidates: Pastor Mark Harris beat former Rep. Rob Pittinger in the Republican primary to become the party's nominee. Democratic nominee Dan McCready is a Marine Corps veteran and Harvard Business School graduate. Neither candidates previously held elected office.

The district: The 9th occupies a large part of south-central North Carolina along the border and includes a large Native American population, support which both candidates hoped to secure. It's Cook PVI is R+8.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race as a tossup on the day of the election. An Oct. 26-30th Siena College/NYT poll showed Harris just one point ahead of McReady.

Georgia's 6th district: Democrat Lucy McBath vs. Republican Karen Handel.

Karen Handel campaigns in Georgia's sixth congressional district.play

Karen Handel campaigns in Georgia's sixth congressional district.

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The candidates: Incumbent Karen Handel was elected to the 6th district in a hotly-contested July 2017 special election against Jon Ossoff. Her opponent this time around was Lucy McBath, a former flight attendant who became a gun reform advocate and decided to run for office after her son died from gun violence in 2012.

The district: Georgia's 6th district is located in the Atlanta suburbs. It's Cook PVI is R+8.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight's deluxe forecast rated the race as a tossup the day of the election. An Oct. 28-Nov. 4th Siena College/NYT poll placed McBath two points ahead of Handel.

New York's 19th district: Republican John Faso vs. Democrat Antonio Delgado

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado speaks during a candidate forum in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Delgado is running in New York's 19th Congressional Districtplay

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado speaks during a candidate forum in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Delgado is running in New York's 19th Congressional District

(Seth Wenig, File via AP)

The candidates: Freshman Rep. John Faso is a longtime Republican figure who was a 2006 gubernatorial nominee, who casts himself as looking to serve interests along Conservative, Independence, and Reform party lines.

Democratic nominee Antonio Delgado is an Ivy League-educated lawyer who draws frequent comparison to former President Barack Obama for crafting a message that includes his family and humble beginnings.

Delgado's past as a rapper has been a major talking point of Faso's campaign, which has identified lyrics touching on race and capitalism as "offensive."

The district: The 19th district includes the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions in the easternmost part of the state. The area has grown slightly more Democratic in the past few years, but the Cook Report lists its partisan lean as R+2.

Predictions & polls: The 19th district was rated lean Democratic on Election Day, with FiveThirtyEight giving Delgado a 2 in 3 chance of winning. A Nov. 1-4 Siena/NYT poll showed Delgado leading Faso but just one points.

Texas' 7th district: Republican John Culberson vs. Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

Texas' 7th district: Republican John Culberson vs. Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcherplay

Texas' 7th district: Republican John Culberson vs. Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

(via Lizzie Pannill Fletcher for Congress)

The candidates: Republican Rep. John Culberson has served the 7th since 2000, and is seeking a 10th term. Culberson is a longtime member of the Appropriations Committee and has weathered a few recent scandals, involving insider tradingandspendingcampaign funds on Civil War memorabilia and fossils.

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher was born and raised in the 7th, a 43-year-old lawyer who was inspired to run to take care of local concerns citizens didn't feel Culberson was addressing,

The district: The 7th includes wealthy suburban neighborhoods west of Houston, and is home to George W. Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz. Mitt Romney won here by 21 points in 2012, and Clinton carried the district by a single point in 2016 following major demographic shifts in the district that have made it a realistic target for Democrats.

Predictions & polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race as a toss-up the day of the election. An October 19-25 NYT/Siena College poll shows Culberson leading Pannill Fletcher by just 1 point.

Michigan's 8th district: Republican Mike Bishop vs. Democrat Elissa Slotkin

Michigan's 8th district: Republican Mike Bishop vs. Democrat Elissa Slotkinplay

Michigan's 8th district: Republican Mike Bishop vs. Democrat Elissa Slotkin

(Paul Sancya/AP)

The candidates: Republican Rep. Mike Bishop has represented Michigan's 8th district in Congress since 2015. He previously served in the Michigan state legislature.

Democrat Elissa Slotkin served three tours of duty in the Iraq War as a Middle East analyst for the CIA, and went on to serve on the national security staffs of Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, as well as in policy roles at the Pentagon.

The district: Michigan's 8th district stretches from suburban Oakland county to include parts of East Lansing. An R+4 district which Trump solidly carried by 7 points in 2016. While the Oakland County suburbs lean Republican, the western part of the district in East Lansing is decidedly more liberal.

Predictions and polls: Michigan's 8th was rated lean Democratic the day of the election, with FiveThirtyEight giving Slotkin a 7 in 10 chance of winning. An Oct. 31-Nov. 4th Siena College/NYT poll gave Slotkin a 7-point lead over Bishop.

California's 45th district: Republican Mimi Walters vs. Katie Porter

California's 45th district: Republican Mimi Walters vs. Katie Porterplay

California's 45th district: Republican Mimi Walters vs. Katie Porter

(Jae C. Hong/AP)

The candidates: Rep. Mimi Walters, a former banker and California state legislator, is serving her 2nd term in Congress. Democratic nominee Katie Porter is a consumer protection attorney and law professor making her first run for office after a career taking on big banks and predatory lenders.

The district: The 45th district lies in Orange County, and includes the cities of Irvine and Anaheim Hills. Like California's 39th district, it's home to a sizeable and ever-growing immigrant community.

The 45th district voted for Hillary Clinton by 5 points in 2016, but is rated R+3 by Cook.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rates the race as "lean Democratic," giving Porter a 5 in 8 chance of winning. A NYT/Siena College poll from October 26-31 shows Porter leading Walters by 2 points.

California's 48th district: Republican Dana Rohrabacher vs. Democrat Harley Rouda

California's 48th district: Republican Dana Rohrabacher vs. Democrat Harley Roudaplay

California's 48th district: Republican Dana Rohrabacher vs. Democrat Harley Rouda

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The candidates: Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has represented Orange County in Congress since 1989. Dubbed "Putin's favorite congressman" by his critics, Rohrabacher has recently been scrutinized by what some say are suspicious connections to Russia.

Democrat Harley Rouda is a local entrepreneur, attorney, and philanthropist who has not previously held elected office. He was a registered Republican who regularly donated to GOP candidates until very recently.

The district: The 48th district hugs hundreds of miles of pristine coastline in the wealthy Orange County. Orange County has traditionally been a reliable Republican stronghold with a R+4 Cook PVI, but the 48th district voted for Clinton by just two percentage points in 2016.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race in the 48th as 'lean Democratic,' on Election Day giving Rouda a slim advantage. An October 17-21 Monmouth University poll shows Rouda trailing Rohrabacher by just 2 points.

Utah's 4th district: Democrat Ben McAdams vs. Republican Mia Love

U.S. Rep. Mia Love and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams shake hands as they take part in a debate at the Gail Miller Conference Center at Salt Lake Community College on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Sandy, Utah, as the two battle for Utah's 4th Congressional District.play

U.S. Rep. Mia Love and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams shake hands as they take part in a debate at the Gail Miller Conference Center at Salt Lake Community College on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Sandy, Utah, as the two battle for Utah's 4th Congressional District.

(Scott G Winterton/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

The candidates: Incumbent Rep. Mia Love, the first-ever African-American Republican congresswoman and former Mayor of Saratoga Springs, found herself embroiled in a number of campaign finance scandals for allegedly raising money for a nonexistent primary.

Ben McAdams is the current Salt Lake County Mayor and attorney who previously practiced at the white shoe law firm Davis Polk and Hardwell before serving as a Utah State Senator from 2009-2013 and Salt Lake County Mayor.

The district:

Predictions and polls:

New York's 22nd district: Democrat Anthony Brindisi vs. Republican Claudia Tenney

New York's 22nd district: Democrat Anthony Brindisi vs. Republican Claudia Tenneyplay

New York's 22nd district: Democrat Anthony Brindisi vs. Republican Claudia Tenney

(Mike Groll, File/AP)

The candidates: First-term Republican Claudia Tenney has been a vocal Trump supporter in her remarks on the campaign trail and policy moves in Washington, also appearing with Trump and his daughter Ivanka at summer rallies and fundraisers.

Democratic State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi considered running in 2016 but is only now challenging his former Assembly colleague. Brindisi is a Utica native who served on the School Board and has bipartisan backing.

The district: The 22nd encompasses a chunk of central New York, and includes the cities of Utica, Binghamton, and Cortland. President Donald Trump won 55 percent of the 2016 vote in the district, which the Cook Report rates as a R+6.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race as lean Democratic the day of the election. A Nov. 1-4 Siena College/NYT poll placed Brindisi just one point behind Tenney.

Kansas' 2nd district: Democrat Paul Davis vs. Republican Steve Watkins

Kansas' 2nd district: Democrat Paul Davis vs. Republican Steve Watkinsplay

Kansas' 2nd district: Democrat Paul Davis vs. Republican Steve Watkins

(John Hanna/AP)

The candidates: Former US Army Airborne Ranger and federal defense contractor Steve Watkins seemingly came out of nowhere to win a crowded Republican primary with just 22% of the vote, largely due to hundreds of thousands of dollars poured into the race by his father.

Paul Davis served five terms in the Kansas House of Representatives, including almost 10 years as minority leader. He narrowly lost in a run for the Governor of Kansas by 3.7 points in 2014.

The district: Kansas' 2nd district includes most of the Eastern part of the state, and is largely rural and agricultural aside from the capital city of Topeka.

The 2nd district is one of the most solidly Republican of FiveThirtyEight's toss-ups. It has an R+10 partisan lean and was carried by Trump in the 2016 election by a whopping 19 points

Predictions and polls: The race was rated lean Democratic on the day of the election, giving Davis a 5 in 8 chance of winning. An October 27-31 NYT/Siena College poll showed Davis leading Watkins by 4 points, 41% to 37%.

Minnesota's 1st district: Republican Jim Hagedorn vs. Democratic Dan Feehan

This combination of June 10, 2018, file photos shows candidates in Minnesota's 1st District Congressional race in the November 2018 election from left, Republican Jim Hagedorn and Democrat Dan Feehanplay

This combination of June 10, 2018, file photos shows candidates in Minnesota's 1st District Congressional race in the November 2018 election from left, Republican Jim Hagedorn and Democrat Dan Feehan

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

The candidates: Jim Hagedorn has previously worked as a legislative assistant and a congressional liaison to the Financial Management Service and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

After serving two tours of duty during the Iraq War in the US army, Democrat Dan Feehan worked as a teacher and in the Obama administration as a White House fellow and assistant secretary of defense.

The district: The mostly rural 1st district stretches across Southern Minnesota, bordering South Dakota to the West and Wisconsin to the East.

The district, rated R+5 by the Cook Political Report, voted for Trump by a stunning 15-point margin in 2016, making it a rare district to vote for Trump but re-elect Democratic House representative Tim Walz, who ran for Governor this year.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race as a toss-up on Election Day, with an October 16-20 SurveyUSA poll showing Feehan leading Hagedorn by just 2 points.

Washington's 8th district: Democrat Kim Schrier vs. Republican Dino Rossi

Kim Schrier, running for U.S. Congress in Washington's 8th District, speaks during a canvasing kick-off event at a Human Rights Campaign phone bank for Schrier, on October 30, 2018, in Auburn, Washington.play

Kim Schrier, running for U.S. Congress in Washington's 8th District, speaks during a canvasing kick-off event at a Human Rights Campaign phone bank for Schrier, on October 30, 2018, in Auburn, Washington.

(Jason Redmond/AP)

The candidates: Former State Sen. Dino Rossi tried to carry Republican hopes to continue their hold on the 8th after the retirement of former Rep. Dave Reichert.

Pediatrician Kim Schrier has no prior political experience, but topped another Democratic candidate in the primary by less than one point to further her campaign, which champions health care reform.

The district: The 8th lies just east of Seattle and includes a mix of suburban, mountainous and rural communities. The district's Cook PVI is exactly even, and is one of 25 Republican-held districts that backed Hillary Clinton in 2016

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight casts the 8th as "leans Democratic," giving Schrier a 5 in 7 chance of winning. An October 30-November 1 NYT/Siena College poll places Schrier and Rossi in a dead heat, with 45% of voters indicating an intent to vote for each.

New Mexico's 2nd district: Republican Yvette Herrell vs. Democrat Xochitl Torres-Small

New Mexico's 2nd district: Republican Yvette Herrell vs. Democrat Xochitl Torres-Smallplay

New Mexico's 2nd district: Republican Yvette Herrell vs. Democrat Xochitl Torres-Small

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The candidates: State Rep. Yvette Herrell has served four terms in the New Mexico state legislature, and was one of the body's most conservative members.

Xochitl Torres-Small is a water-rights attorney and former aide to Sen. Tom Udall, who touted her experience helping bring universal broadband and cell service to rural residents in the 2nd district.

The district: One of the largest districts in the country, New Mexico's 2nd is comprised of the entire lower half of the state, including the cities of Las Cruces and Roswell, and vast swaths of oil country. It's an R+6 district which Trump easily carried by 11 points in 2016.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rates the race as a tossup, with an October 19-23 NYT/Siena College poll giving Herrell an 11-point lead over Torres-Small, but more recent polls showing a smaller margin.

Iowa's 3rd district: Democrat Cindy Axne vs. Republican David Young

Iowa's 3rd district: Democrat Cindy Axne vs. Republican David Youngplay

Iowa's 3rd district: Democrat Cindy Axne vs. Republican David Young

(Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

The candidates: Rep. David Young, a former staffer for Sen. Chuck Grassley, served 2 terms in the House of Representatives.

The democratic nominee Cindy Axne is a small-business owner and former Iowa state official who led a successful effort to make all-day kindergarten available to every student in the West Des Moines public school system.

The district: The 3rd district covers a chunk of Southwestern Iowa, including the capital city of Des Moines. The 3rd district's Cook partisan lean is R+1. Trump carried the district by just 4 percentage points over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race as 'lean Democratic', giving Axne a 7 in 10 chance of winning. An October 25-27 poll from Siena College/The New York Times has Axne leading Young by 2 points.

Maine's 2nd district: Democrat Jared Golden vs. Republican Bruce Poliquin

State Rep. Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, a candidate for the 2nd District Congressional seat, addresses the Democratic Convention, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Lewiston, Maine.play

State Rep. Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, a candidate for the 2nd District Congressional seat, addresses the Democratic Convention, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Lewiston, Maine.

(Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

The candidates: Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin is seeking re-election for a 3rd term representing the district. While not as much of staunch Trump ally as other vulnerable incumbents, Poliquin faced backlash over his votes on healthcare and the GOP tax bill.

Democratic nominee Jared Golden is a Maine state representative and majority whip. He's a Marine Corps veteran who's served in Iraq and Afghanistan and former staffer for Sen. Susan Collins.

The district: The largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River, Maine's 2nd district encompasses 80% of the state. It's largely rural and working-class, with a tradition of strong organized labor. The 2nd district's Cook PVI is R+2, and it voted for Trump in 2016 by a margin of seven percentage points, 51% to 44%.

Predictions and polls: FiveThirtyEight rated the race in the 2nd district as lean Democratic, giving Golden a 5 in 8 chance of winning. An Oct. 27-29 Emerson College poll showed Golden leading Poliquin by 1 point.

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