CQ Politics changed its rating of the 3rd Congressional District contest from "leans Republican" to a "tossup" last night, saying "there appears to be little doubt that (incumbent Rep. Dan) Lungren will have to fight to hold his seat."
The Gold River Republican is facing a challenge from Democrat Ami Bera, a doctor from Elk Grove who has strong backing from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Lungren, whose seat is a major target for Democrats, is the only Republican incumbent the publication is moving to the toss-up category in the latest House race rating by the CQ-Roll Call Group publication.
The publication's ratings, which you can read here, calls Lungren the "easiest target for Democrats to paint as a politician who has been in office too long, a message that is certainly resonating with voters this cycle."
Voter registration is split in the district, though Republicans gained a slight edge over the June registration figures in the voter registration report released last week by Secretary of State Debra Bowen. The current voter registration breakdown is 40.31 percent Republican, 37.55 percent Democratic.
PHOTO CREDIT: GOP Rep. Dan Lungren at a candidate forum in 2008. Brian Baer, Sacramento Bee.