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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 15, 2016

Hil­lary Clin­ton is fa­cing a myri­ad of chal­lenges in her bid to be­come pres­id­ent, but los­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion to Bernie Sanders is not one. Iron­ic­ally while Clin­ton was widely con­sidered to be far to the left of her hus­band’s Ad­min­is­tra­tion, she is now fa­cing a party that has moved strongly to her left. Sanders is cap­tur­ing the ima­gin­a­tion and pas­sions of...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 11, 2016

For lead­ers of the Re­pub­lic­an es­tab­lish­ment, things could not look much worse. They des­per­ately need one of the four con­ven­tion­al, main­stream can­did­ates—Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, or Marco Ru­bio—to pull away and con­sol­id­ate that wing of the party, the way Ted Cruz has done on the Right. But after Ru­bio’s ro­bot­ic de­bate show­ing, it looks less likely now that...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 10, 2016

1. Trump had a great night. While I am still quite sure that Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee, unlike in the Iowa Caucus and he did turn in an impressive performance and got his vote out. Aside from calling his opponents foul, obscene names, he is becoming a better candidate than at the beginning of the race. But I still see Trump as more of a protest candidate, a vehicle...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 2, 2016

Both the GOP and Demo­crat­ic races will turn on wheth­er emo­tion tops or­gan­iz­a­tion.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 29, 2016

It’s now less than a week be­fore the Iowa caucuses, two weeks be­fore the New Hamp­shire primary, and thus time for polit­ic­al afi­cion­ados to whip them­selves in­to frenzy. People of­ten be­come so pre­oc­cu­pied with the two con­tests that they lose sight of the lar­ger pic­ture. So take a deep breath, every­one: Neither party’s nom­in­a­tion is likely to be settled by the out­comes in...

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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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Trump’s Fine-Tuned Machine Runs Like an Oil-Burning Jalopy

February 21, 2017

As a can­did­ate, Don­ald Trump thor­oughly en­joyed dis­mant­ling and tor­tur­ing the Re­pub­lic­an wing of the Re­pub­lic­an Party. But now that chaos, tur­moil, and in­eptitude have be­come the watch­words for his White House—not­with­stand­ing his as­ser­tion Thursday that it “is run­ning like a fine-tuned ma­chine”—the tar­gets of his barbs were giv­ing each oth­er “I told you so”...

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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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