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Yoder Gets New Challenger in Kansas
Democrat Andrea Ramsey points to GOP health care bill as a catalyst

Democrat Andrea Ramsey is challenging Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder in 2018. (Courtesy Andrea Ramsey for U.S. Congress Facebook page)

Kansas Republican Rep. Kevin Yoderreceived another challenger Tuesday when the former president of a children’s health clinic launched her campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 3rd District.

Andrea Ramsey recently left her position as president and board chairwoman of Turner House Children’s Clinic Kansas City, Kansas, the Associated Press reported.

Ratings Change: 7 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But one change toward Republicans isn’t particularly good news for majority chances

California Rep. Jeff Denham faces a competitive re-election fight with less than two weeks before Nov. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When nearly 90 percent of the batch of House ratings changes are in your favor, it’s normally great news. But with a limited House playing field, Democrats need to win virtually all of the competitive seats, and some initial takeover targets look like they are slipping out of reach.

In the most recent set of ratings changes by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, seven races shift toward the Democrats. Takeover prospects improved in a couple of California districts (the 10th and 49th), a couple of districts with weakened GOP incumbents (Florida’s 7th and New Jersey’s 5th), and two suburban districts (Kansas’ 3rd and Pennsylvania’s 8th).

Ratings Change: 5 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But Democrats are still waiting for wave required to win majority

The good news for Republicans is that the bottom hasn’t fallen out from underneath their down-ballot candidates. The bad news is that there are still nearly three weeks left before Election Day, and 24 hours in each day for Donald Trump to torpedo the party’s chances of holding the House.

District-level polling after the release of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video and the second debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton showed some vulnerability for Republicans, particularly in suburban districts. But we didn’t see a widespread cratering of GOP candidates in the competitive districts or evidence that the number of competitive seats is increasing dramatically.

GOP Super PAC Doubles Its 2014 Spending
CLF and AAN roll out $4 million in new spending in five districts

The Congressional Leadership Fund is rolling out new spending in Kansas’ 3rd District to protect Rep. Kevin Yoder. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The largest outside conservative spenders on House races are rolling out nearly $4 million in new spending in five congressional districts.

The new spending, shared first with Roll Call, brings the total spending for the Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC tied to House Republican leadership, and its sister nonprofit advocacy organization, American Action Network, to twice what the two groups spent in 2014 combined.