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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 9, 2004

For perhaps the first time in this general election campaign, the presidential race is essentially even. While this has always been a competitive race, one candidate or the other has generally had an edge, even if just by a couple of points. If someone put a gun to my head today and asked me to name this contest's winner, I might have to say, "Fire away," because I honestly don't know. Ten days ag…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 5, 2004

Here we are, back to square one -- a close race. Just as this race was not over last summer, when Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, now the Democratic nominee, was ahead, it wasn't over in September when President Bush had the lead. This happened notwithstanding all the ugly e-mails I got from conservatives in Dallas and elsewhere that suggested that anyone who didn't know Bush was going to win was s…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 2, 2004

The announced topic of the first presidential debate was foreign policy, but the make-or-break question underlying that 90-minute broadcast had nothing directly to do with Iraq or North Korea or the Middle East: Do the American people want John Kerry in their living rooms for the next four years? It would be easy to attribute President Bush's lead in the polls to a squandered Democratic conventi…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 28, 2004

Over the course of the last few weeks, national polls measuring the state of the presidential race have shown fluctuations anywhere from double-digit leads for President Bush to a dead heat between him and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Insiders on both sides see a small but significant lead for Bush. For House Democrats, who need a strong Kerry showing and voters searching for change, this is not goo…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 25, 2004

With the first presidential debate looming this Thursday night, we're in the heart of this campaign. The race is now very steady, top strategists in both parties say, with President Bush running ahead of Sen. John Kerry by 3 to 5 points -- a narrower margin than many public polls report; a wider one than a few have indicated. Bush's edge isn't big, but it is real. What's more, it's now an actual l…

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