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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 12, 2008

What a difference a couple of weeks make! It wasn't long ago that Sen. John McCain's candidacy looked dead, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looked on pace to win in Iowa and New Hampshire, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared to be a novelty candidate. On the other side of the aisle, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was raising a lot of money but just didn't look like he could close the…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 8, 2008

Des Moines -- One key difference between the way Iowa Democrats and their GOP counterparts conduct their caucuses is that the Republicans cast paper ballots while Democratic caucus-goers must publicly stand for their preferred candidate. This time around, another big difference was a quite noticeable enthusiasm gap. As Republican candidates struggled to build respectable crowds, Democratic voters…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 18, 2007

There is something about overseas travel during our presidential campaigns that helps put things into perspective, reminds us of the dangers of overemphasizing the day-to-day verbal jousting and towel…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 15, 2007

In 2006, the Republicans' majorities in the House and Senate were buffeted, indeed destroyed, by a tidal wave. The situation developing for 2008 is not so much a wave as a drainage problem -- with Republican retirements, resignations, and deaths slipping districts into open-seat status. Republicans can expect a few of those seats to be lost down the drain. To be sure, many of these openings will…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 11, 2007

Judgment day is Jan. 3 for arguably every presidential candidate except Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R). Giuliani's personal history and positions on social issues have certainly hurt him, but not to the extent that many of us expected. No, it's not the day when it will be decided whether they go to heaven or hell, but rather the day when the…

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