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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 29, 2016

Take your pick among the two ma­jor na­tion­al polls re­leased Monday morn­ing: Either Don­ald Trump is ahead of Hil­lary Clin­ton by as much as 3 or 4 points, or the two are run­ning dead even. It de­pends on wheth­er you fo­cus on the CBS News poll or the CNN/ORC sur­vey, wheth­er you in­clude the Liber­tari­an and Green Party can­did­ates, and wheth­er you push the un­de­cided voters who...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 26, 2016

With a one-two punch, Ted Cruz ef­fect­ively launched his can­did­acy for the 2020 Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion. On Wed­nes­day night, the sen­at­or from Texas took to the stage and urged party mem­bers not to stay home in Novem­ber but to “stand and speak and vote your con­science,” a veiled sug­ges­tion that his own con­science would not al­low him to vote for Don­ald Trump....

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 22, 2016

The Republican National Convention is now underway, with the critical question being whether it can reconfigure a race that looks close in some polls but is really an uphill climb for Donald Trump. There’s no question that the Democratic Party is not in particularly good standing right now, with a very large swath of the electorate either disliking or distrusting Hillary Clinton, but the GOP...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 18, 2016

Tragedy strikes again, this time in the south of France. The blood­shed in Nice was just as hor­rif­ic as the as­saults in Par­is last Novem­ber that killed 130. The Nice at­tack was spread over a much lar­ger area

Indiana Senate|By Charlie Cook, July 15, 2016

Democrats are feeling bullish these days, and former Sen. Evan Bayh’s decision to jump into Indiana’s Senate race adds to their upbeat mood. With a $9.3 million war chest left over from his last Senate campaign, Bayh gives his party a far better chance of picking up a seat than it would have had otherwise.

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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 Divisions Doomed Health Care Bill

July 25, 2017

The collapse of the Senate Republican health care bill isn’t all that complicated and shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Like some bad marriages, you can chalk it up to “irreconcilable differences.” The Senate Republican Conference includes very conservative members who to their marrow believe in minimalist government, especially when it involves health care. But it also includes senators...

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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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