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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 13, 2004

Even though President Bush and his Republican Party won a decisive victory, Election 2004 was hardly the transformational contest that some are making it out to be. If the country has gone from being a 49-49 nation, as the Almanac of American Politics' Michael Barone noted two years ago, to a 51-48 nation, that is an important shift but hardly a massive one. Iowa and New Mexico moved from "blue"…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 9, 2004

You have to give enormous credit to the Bush campaign, which unquestionably was the best planned, best executed presidential campaign ever. Campaign Chairman Marc Racicot, Manager Ken Mehlman, Deputy National Finance Chairman Jack Oliver, Chief Strategist Matthew Dowd, Political Director Terry Nelson, lead pollster Jan van Lohuizen, lead media consultant Mark McKinnon and of course, the chief arch…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 6, 2004

In a really competitive race, there is rarely just one reason for a victory. But an important factor in President Bush's triumph surely is that the Bush-Cheney re-election effort was perhaps the best planned, best executed, most disciplined, and most strategic presidential campaign in history. The Bush campaign team was exceptionally good. And it made very few mistakes. That's true even though th…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 30, 2004

Exhausted political junkies of all stripes should use this weekend to bank sleep, because Tuesday night is likely to be very, very long. Yet the tone and rhythm of Election Night will probably be set early in the evening. Many of this year's most important Senate, House, and presidential-battleground contests are in states where the polls close at or before 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. While fina…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 26, 2004

I have no idea who is going to win this election. I really don't. National polls from reputable polling organizations range from President Bush ahead by seven points (Fox News/Opinion Dynamics) to Sen. John Kerry ahead by three points (Associated Press/Ipsos). The www.realclearpolitics.com seven-day moving average shows Bush with a lead of 3.1 percentage points -- 48.9 percent to Kerry's 45.8 per…

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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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