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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 4, 2010

This election was an odd mix. On the House side, it was a nationalized, parliamentary election where the party affiliation of candidates was all-important. In the Senate and gubernatorial races, where Republican gains were not of the same magnitude as in the House, party affiliation was also important but so too were the personalities and records of individual candidates. Republicans should tread…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 28, 2010

About a third of all the votes have already been cast, and the 2010 midterm election will soon be in the history books. Look for more than 80, and perhaps 90, newly elected House members and at least 17 or 18 new senators when the 112th Congress convenes in January. If those of us in the pundit class are right, House Republicans will recapture the majority they lost in 2006 but Senate Republicans…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 25, 2010

One week out and there is a distinctly bifurcated look to this 2010 midterm election. On the House side, the Republican wave still looks large and powerful while in the Senate, the situation appears much cloudier and more uncertain. My cautious side argues for Republicans to gain seats comparable to the 1994 tidal wave, when Republicans picked up eight Senate seats and 52 House seats on election…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 23, 2010

With less than two weeks until Election Day, Democrats are hoping that the cavalry will ride in to save the day. There is no sign of the cavalry, though, and it still looks as if Democrats are in for a defeat of 1994 proportions. With liberalized early- and absentee-voting laws, people are already casting ballots in half the states, and any late-breaking developments will have less of an impact th…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 19, 2010

Republicans had a tsunami phase, then Democrats had a natural tightening, and now things have stabilized in the Newton’s Laws of Motion-phase, where for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. One state might be improving for Democrats, another for Republicans, but they seem to net out with few if any new broad trends. Strategists for each party are often staring at contradictory po…

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