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National Politics|By Amy Walter, January 15, 2014

For years, conventional wisdom has held that as independent voters go, so goes an election. Win these coveted swing voters - the moderate middle - and you win the election. Recent high profile elections, however, have undermined this long-held aphorism.  Romney carried independent voters and lost both the popular vote and the electoral college. In Virginia, a quintessential swing state,...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, January 8, 2014

According to many in the punditocracy, there’s a liberal Democratic revolution bubbling just under the political surface that’s about to explode. Frustrated liberal revolutionaries led by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren are committed to wresting power from the Democratic establishment, pushing the Democratic agenda to the far left and threatening...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, December 18, 2013

I don't hate polls. I am not all that bothered by talk of a 2016 presidential campaign that is almost three years away. What does make me apoplectic, however, is watching political commentators seriously analyze a poll taken in 2013 about potential 2016 presidential candidates.I’m talking specifically about the most recent survey from the well-respected Des Moines Register that tested the...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, December 5, 2013

If there were a theme for 2014 midterms, it would be "fear and loathing of Washington, D.C." Congress is as about as popular as gonorrhea. President Obama's approval ratings and personal ratings are at the lowest point of his presidency. Republicans, as well, have seen their favorable ratings hit all-time lows. But while neither party can escape blame or scorn, Democrats are more likely...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, November 20, 2013

With no sign that the troubled roll-out of Obamacare will be getting better any time soon, there is growing speculation that nervous Congressional Democrats will ultimately join GOPers in calling for the law to be scrapped. That would be foolish. More importantly, it also won’t insulate them from the political fall-out in 2014. Democrats have played defense on Obamacare since 2010, and...

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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