Beltway political prognosticators switched their predictions for Colorado’s 8th Congressional District seat from a toss-up race to leans Republican, while casting doubt on Brittany Pettersen’s ability to just skate away with the 7th District seat.

The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics announced 10 ratings changes in races nationwide, all but one favor Republicans.

Colorado’s 8th district race between Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer and Democrat Yadira Caraveo now leans Republican on the strength of the GOP candidate, as well as the Democrats’ failure to effectively meddle in the GOP primary outcome.

The prediction comes with more good news for the 8th District:

 There’s also a decent chance that GOP Senate candidates will carry each of these districts in their states’ respective Senate contests this year, perhaps giving some additional cover to these Republican House candidates. We came close to moving CO-8 to Leans Republican after Kirkmeyer won her primary on June 28 — Democrats were hoping to run against a more conservative candidate and spent some money in the primary to try to make that happen, as they have done in so many races this cycle …

The 7th District seat now held by retiring Democrat U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter has shifted from likely Democrat to leans Democrat.

It’s a fairly blue region but not unwinnable for GOP candidate Erik Aadland under the right circumstances, the political pundits predict.

It appears that this race will, at the very least, become engaged this fall.

Which reminds us, is Pettersen’s husband Ian Silverii still writing columns for the Denver Post’s editorial page and sneaking in free advertising for his wife?

Seems like the FEC would require a campaign disclosure on those columns declaring it was paid for by the candidate.