Handicapper Moves Iowa And Ohio To “Toss Up”

The Hill reports:

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report shifted the presidential race in Ohio and Iowa to a “toss up” on Tuesday from lean Republican, citing recent polls showing a tightening race between President Trump and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The independent online newsletter had moved the race in both states to “lean Republican” from “likely Republican” in mid-June, but on Tuesday said it decided to shift the race to a toss up as recent polls show a tight race.

Ohio and Iowa, two states Trump carried in 2016, are more critical for Trump to win than for Biden. Biden doesn’t necessarily need to carry either state to reach 270 electoral votes, but Trump likely can’t win without either state, Cook noted.