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House Overview|By Charlie Cook, March 12, 2005

It's the time in the election cycle when the House campaign committees beat the bushes for top-flight candidates to run for the handful of seats that ought to be competitive next time around. And, like Christmas presents that get repackaged year after year, the same old districts get billed as prizes just waiting to be won. How many times have we heard about the "perfect" challenger who can beat…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 8, 2005

With the NCAA basketball tournament about to begin, perhaps "March Madness" is an appropriate metaphor to describe the competition for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Think of the NCAA brackets, but on one side, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York gets byes all the way to the finals. On the other side, there could easily be a half dozen or more Democrats contending for the chance…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 5, 2005

The slow, public death of President Bush's Social Security proposal validates the view that the 2004 election was not a transformational one, and that any mandate that Bush received from it was meager indeed. The 2004 election in a nutshell: Thanks to his fabulous campaign organization, Bush, whose stature was significantly enhanced by his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, beat a marginal ca…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 1, 2005

This week's meeting of the National Governors Association is fanning the flames of 2008 presidential race talk, with no fewer than three state chief executives from each party being prominently mentioned as potential candidates. The fact that no sitting senator or congressman has been elected president in more than four decades probably has something to do with it. While the conventions are more…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 22, 2005

After each presidential election, the losing party's elected officials and strategists generally develop a consensus on one lesson that they at least intend to apply to future elections. (Whether they pick the right one or not, of course, is often debatable.) Behind the scenes, there is at least a conversation (if not an actual debate) about what that lesson should be from 2004. More than a few D…

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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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