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National Politics|By Amy Walter, June 18, 2014

Even though I have lived in Washington for almost 25 years, I like to think of myself as only slightly cynical. I don’t hate politics or politicians. I think our electoral system, while imperfect, is still pretty good. I think voters are smarter than we give them credit for. However, I’m not so Pollyana-ish to believe that voters are drawn to the polls by love or joy. Even “hope” doesn’t go all...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, June 11, 2014

The historic upset of Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia’s GOP primary on Tuesday is currently dominating the political discourse. However, it’s clear that his loss was the outlier, not the norm. While many will read far too much into his loss, it did have one thing that set it apart from many others; a huge spike in turn-out from two years ago.

National Politics|By Amy Walter, May 29, 2014

While many have focused on the trouncing of the Tea Party in high profile Senate and House primaries (think Kentucky, Idaho, Georgia, and North Carolina ), the reality is that GOP problems go beyond the candidates themselves. To be sure, it only helps Republicans to avoid a replay of 2010 and 2012, when they nominated terribly flawed candidates. However, just ensuring that the candidate can...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, May 22, 2014

While most of the focus these days has been on the Tea Party's success in moving the GOP to the right, not enough attention has been paid to the very real possibility of a Democratic contest in 2016 that pushes the nominee too far to the left. A new poll from Third Way, a middle-of-the-road Democratic think tank, finds that moderate voters are much more skeptical of the kind of government...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, May 14, 2014

I know it’s hard for many people in the DC campaign-industrial complex to believe, but we are still 173 days away from Election Day. While the rate of spending in some of these battleground states is at fall levels, voter engagement is not. Take all of these early polls with a grain of salt: A registered voter in April and May is not the same as a likely voter in September and October....

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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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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