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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 3, 2008

As her odds of getting the Democratic presidential nomination got longer and longer over the past few months, there have been increasing calls for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., to drop her bid for the sake of the party. Those pleas were wrong and unfair. When was the last time a presidential candidate who was still consistently winning primaries and getting healthy numbers of votes asked t…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 3, 2008

Much like a car whose gears shift poorly, this presidential contest is making a rather awkward transition to its general election phase. Nevertheless, as it turns into a competition between John McCain and Barack Obama, the race for 270 Electoral College votes is worth a hard look. Keep in mind how relatively static voting patterns tend to be: In the 2004 presidential election, 47 states ended up…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 2, 2008

We continue to see the November 4th Presidential contest as a dead heat; events that have not yet occurred and dynamics that have not fully developed are likely to shape the outcome. This suggests another election consistent with the last two. 2000 basically came down to a 537-vote margin for George W. Bush in Florida, out of almost six million votes casts. In 2004, when the decider was Ohio, the…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 24, 2008

At the outset of this election cycle, most political analysts did not anticipate a second consecutive big win in November for congressional Democrats for a number of reasons. First, after voters have punished one party badly, they've usually gotten those hard feelings out of their system and either punish the other party or revert to a more typical "all politics is local" election. In 2006, Repub…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 20, 2008

"Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). Like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this contest for the Democratic presidential nomination is getting curiouser and curiouser. Sure, arithmetically speaking, it's practically impossible to see how Hillary Rodham Clinton can win, even with her jaw-dropping 41-poin…

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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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