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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 31, 2007

One fascinating aspect of this election is that many of the fundamental factors heavily favor Democrats in the presidential race. To a certain extent, this is true for the congressional blueprint as well. However, some of the specific circumstances point to a very competitive situation, particularly for the presidential race. The fundamentals are starting to rub off onto the specifics of the 2008…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 28, 2007

Just over a month from now, members of Congress will be returning from their "Summer District Work Period," aka the August recess, ready to take on the legislative items remaining on their agenda as they head toward adjournment sometime in late fall. Politically speaking, however, September is more important than the final months of 2007. That month is when we will begin to see whether an unusuall…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 24, 2007

Monday's release marked the fourth consecutive ABC News/Washington Post poll [PDF] that found Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., with a lead of 15 or 16 points over Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in Dem…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 14, 2007

After several senior staffers resigned from Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign on Tuesday, many observers wondered, "When will McCain drop out?" The answer probably depends on the definition of "out." The beleaguered Arizona Republican will likely remain a candidate in the technical sense until the end of the year so that he can qualify for federal matching funds and pay off his campaign de…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 10, 2007

There aren't many better ways to contemplate the state of American politics than by standing in waders in a couple of feet of chilly water, fly-fishing on a beautiful Canadian stream. The funny thing about the Senate is that with less homogeneous electorates and six-year respites between elections, upsets are more frequent. While total concentration on the delivery and placement of the fly might…

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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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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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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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