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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 17, 2004

Last week I read a news story in which a senior Kerry campaign adviser assured a Tennessee newspaper reporter that the Volunteer State remains a battleground state and that John Kerry does, in fact, have a real chance to win there. There was no indication whether the reporter actually believed the strategist or not. As for the adviser, he simply was doing his job, as campaigns loath to publicly wr…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 10, 2004

It's become clear that, as many of us predicted, Sen. John Kerry came out of the Democratic convention with only a modest bounce. Indeed, much of the bounce arguably came before the convention and was the result of Kerry selecting Sen. John Edwards as his running mate. This election is certainly not over but events or circumstances will need to fundamentally change the existing equation for Presi…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 28, 2004

If the election between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry turns out to be as close as predicted, any number of factors could become critical. But the independent candidacy of Ralph Nader leads the li…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 27, 2004

One interesting aspect of this election is that although the presidential race is incredibly polarized and partisan, the animosity toward President Bush that exists among 48 or 49 percent of the American people does not seem to have transferred to other Republicans running in the fall. Although Democrats have had a good run in the Senate races in recent months, that has been the result of developm…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 26, 2004

In most presidential election years, the focus on swing states doesn't come until some time after Labor Day, when the media and political aficionados begin to look at individual states and how each side could reach the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. This year is different. Within weeks of Sen. John Kerry's nailing down the Democratic nomination, the battle lines were drawn and the…

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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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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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