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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 5, 2010

Walking down the streets of this city, you would never guess that just 120 miles away in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, leader Kim Jong-il is threatening all-out war. On the surface, everything seems so normal. Indeed, tour buses still take visitors within 2 miles of the Demilitarized Zone. In recent weeks, though, trips (for foreigners; no Koreans allowed) into the Joint Security Area at…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 29, 2010

Congressional Republicans and the Obama White House are both on edge these days. That odd-couple combo isn't surprising, given recent events in Pennsylvania and the Gulf of Mexico. Republican officials are sifting through the debris from their special-election defeat in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, searching for clues as to why they lost by 8 percentage points in a district that Jo…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 29, 2010

By the end of the week, candidate filing periods will have closed in 43 percent of all congressional districts, including key battlegrounds such as Ohio and Pennsylvania. So this is a good time to check in on the success both parties have had recruiting candidates. There is little doubt that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois has made recruiting a top pr…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 25, 2010

As the first independent analyst to push the argument that Democrats would likely suffer significantly higher midterm losses than average for the party in power, I'm scratching my head over the 8-point Democratic margin of victory in the special election to replace the late Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. Perhaps Democrats will suffer heavy, but not catastrophic, losses in November, losing fewer than 40…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 22, 2010

Election results are never quite as tidy as some analysts suggest. Voters almost always send mixed messages. And they stayed true to form on Tuesday. Yes, the pro-change, anti-incumbent, and anti-Washington sentiments came through, but in the contest that really mattered in terms of trying to sort through clues to November's outcome, the Democratic Party won. That race was the special election to…

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Hostile Swing Voters Spell Trouble for House Republicans

February 28, 2017

The two-thirds of Re­pub­lic­ans in the House who have nev­er served when the GOP held ma­jor­it­ies in the House and Sen­ate along­side a GOP pres­id­ent can be for­giv­en for not re­mem­ber­ing the last time they were sim­il­arly situ­ated. It was 2006, and they lost 30 seats in the House. When Demo­crats were last in that situ­ation, it was 2010 and they lost 63 House seats. When one party...

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