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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 27, 2008

Polls are showing the presidential general election race tightening. The Gallup nightly tracking poll released on Tuesday afternoon had Republican Sen. John McCain edging 2 points ahead of Democratic…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 26, 2008

Having grown up in the South in the 1960s, I vividly remember that during the Civil War's centennial years a few diehard Confederate sympathizers just refused to get over the fact that the war was long past and it was time to move on. I recall the bumper stickers that sported a Confederate flag or a Johnny Reb image and the message "Forget? Hell, no!" There's even an island in the Bahamas that wa…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 25, 2008

A certain anxiety is palpable among Democrats gathered this week in Denver for their national convention. Clearly, overconfidence had built over the first half of the summer, leading some party member…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 24, 2008

It's always been amazing to me how closely many people around the world watch our presidential elections, but this year tops them all. Having just arrived in Denver from Beijing and Hong Kong for the Democratic National Convention, I can personally attest how fascinated people overseas are about this race. Little wonder that journalists from 130 countries are descending on Denver this weekend. No…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 5, 2008

What is this presidential election about? According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, it's about Barack Obama, not John McCain or really even a choice between the two men. As pollster P…

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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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A Loud-Mouthed Fan Becomes Manager of the Team

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The gen­er­al para­met­ers are already well known. In Novem­ber, Amer­ic­ans elec­ted a pres­id­ent who had no gov­ern­ment ex­per­i­ence of any kind. He was clearly not well-versed in policy is­sues and had a pro­cliv­ity to shoot from the hip, say­ing whatever came to mind, work­ing off of in­stinct rather than ex­pert­ise. We have elec­ted out­siders be­fore, but they have been the gov­ernor...

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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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