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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 30, 2005

Only in a place as obsessed with politics as Washington could an election more than three and a half years away dominate so many discussions. But, heading into the first presidential campaign in 80 years without an incumbent president or vice president running, the possibilities are fascinating. On the Republican side, virtually every national poll shows former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani l…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 26, 2005

Let us just say hypothetically that when the Bush administration's "60 Stops in 60 Days" campaign to sell the president's Social Security proposal is completed Sunday, it will be just as dead as it ap…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 23, 2005

Just as everyone was trying to divine the meaning of the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to be the 265th pope, a different and unexpected puff ofsmoke became visible -- a puff that signaled independent Sen. Jim Jeffords's decision not to seek a fourth term. Jeffords, 70, who served two years in the Vermont state Senate, four years as state attorney general, and 14 years in the U.S. House a…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 19, 2005

Regular readers of this column know that this space has not been particularly complimentary about the message and communication skills of Democratic congressional leaders in recent months. My "Vapid Response Team" column criticizing the pre-written State of the Union "responses" of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was perhaps the harshest…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 16, 2005

One way to look at the 2006 Senate races is to consider each party's objective. For Democrats, it's winning the six seats they need to take the majority. For Republicans, it's netting the five seats that would give them a filibuster-proof Senate on strict party-line votes. So how would either party go about picking up five or six seats? Is a gain of that magnitude even plausible? At this point, j…

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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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