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National Politics|By Amy Walter, November 5, 2015

To the many confounding things about the 2016 GOP primary (the staying power of Trump and Carson, Walker’s early exit), we can add the question of where Carly Fiorina fits into all of this. She’s neither a pure “outsider” a la Ben Carson and Donald Trump, nor an insider like Jeb Bush. Her strong performance at the September GOP debate got her buzz and boosted her poll numbers. Since then,...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, October 29, 2015

The GOP CNBC debate on Wednesday was ultimately designed for and about the GOP establishment in both the kind of questions asked and the way in which they were asked. And, that, not surprisingly, did not go over well with either the candidates - especially those in the non-establishment lane - or the audience. Given the outrage that isalready bubbling up in GOP media circles, it's hard to know...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, October 21, 2015

So, here’s where the race to be the leader of the free world stands today. Sen. Ted Cruz, he who doesn’t back down from a fight, is sitting back and waiting for Donald Trump and Ben Carson to flame out. Bernie Sanders wants to start a revolution but won’t challenge Hillary Clinton’s underlying weaknesses as a candidate.

National Politics|By Amy Walter, October 14, 2015

This was a whole lot easier to analyze than the GOP ones. There were fewer candidates, of course, but the winner was also a lot easier to spot. Hillary Clinton was poised, comfortable,confident and not afraid to throw a punch when needed (she chided Bernie Sanders on guns, for example). It helped, of course, that her opponents only made the most passive attempts at challenging her.

National Politics|By Amy Walter, October 9, 2015

In a sit-down interview with the Washington Post, Donald Trump all but admitted that his bombastic, shoot from the lip campaign was running out of steam and he needs a second act. The polls (of which we know he is quite enamored) are showing the same thing. At best he's plateaued. In some places he's dropped. More important, his negatives among non-Republicans are sky-high and he's losing to...

Amy Walter, National Editor

Amy Walter is the Cook Political Report's National Editor. In her weekly column, Walter provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the national political environment.
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The 2016 Political Environment

Updated November 25, 2015 | As the 2016 election cycle begins to take shape, the Cook Political Report has identified several metrics worth monitoring between now and Election Day.

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