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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 19, 2004

Driven by events both foreign and domestic, President Bush's job-approval rating gyrated wildly during his first three years in office. This year, as Bush's re-election campaign has gotten well under way, another set of numbers important to his political prospects has shifted far less dramatically. We've seen subtle, sometimes almost imperceptible changes in Bush's standing vis-a -vis his Democrat…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 17, 2004

In announcing that it raised a record $16 million in hard money in the second quarter, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continued to pound home the message that House Democrats are well positioned to reclaim the speaker's gavel this year. But navigating the road to victory remains very complicated for Democrats. Yes, a pro-Democratic environment could put into play such Republican-…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 15, 2004

Soon after the death of former President Ronald Reagan, there was a buzz around town that this event could have a lasting effect on the presidential race. Some suggested that the "right direction" polling numbers might bump up, due to a wave of nostalgia. Others speculated that Republican Party identification numbers might even jump up a bit. I must admit that I was extremely skeptical. The count…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 12, 2004

Memorial Day weekend and the death of President Reagan have combined to give the 2004 presidential campaign the equivalent of the All-Star break in baseball season. So this is an excellent time to step back and assess where this contest stands. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the presumptive Democratic nominee, leads President Bush by 3 to 6 points -- depending upon whether all registered voter…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 10, 2004

John Kerry's selection of John Edwards of North Carolina as his running mate tells us something very important about the senator from Massachusetts. Sure, Kerry could have chosen someone with more political experience, someone more steeped in the history, details, and nuances of public policy issues, both foreign and domestic. But no other Democrat could boost Kerry's poll numbers as much as Edwar…

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