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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 13, 2008

Republicans who were depressed just two weeks ago seem to have a new lease on life. And their prospects might be rising along with their morale. While much is being made of John McCain's rebound--c…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 9, 2008

What do we know and what do we not know? The second question is easier. We obviously do not know what is going to happen over the next 55 days until the election. Little has been predictable so far…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 4, 2008

As John McCain prepares to accept his party's presidential nomination tonight, Democrat Barack Obama is 5 to 8 percentage points ahead in the latest polls, making the Republican an underdog but hardly a long shot. This lead is real but not insurmountable. Obama is ahead in a lot of states by relatively small margins. Presidential nominees have few opportunities to speak directly to the American p…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 4, 2008

Last night on my way back from the convention, I had a few moments to reflect on Gov. Sarah Palin's speech. She did a nice job, it was a good speech and it was well delivered. The mood and atmosphere in the Excel Energy Center was very strange. Delegates, alternates and activists were really pumped about Gov. Palin. They loved her life story and they loved what she represents. These sentiment…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 3, 2008

There are a dozen ways to slice and dice this year's electorate and how it breaks down. Indeed, every pollster and analyst seems to do it a bit differently. One way is to think of a stool with four legs. The first and easiest-to-predict leg this year is the African-American vote. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is incredibly strong among black voters. RT Strategies and Cook Politica…

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Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.
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GOP Faces Trump Effect in 2018

February 17, 2017

Many congressional Republicans who had town meetings over the last week or two have gotten an earful from constituents upset over the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act or President Trump’s immigration enforcement or both. Some of these highly unpleasant scenes don’t look too different from what congressional Democrats encountered back in 2009 and 2013, rocky years that preceded...

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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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C-SPAN's Q&A with Charlie Cook

Learn more about Charlie and the history of The Cook Political Report through a recent hour-long episode of CSPAN's Q&A.

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