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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…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 8, 2004

The past few days have produced two interesting developments in the Senate race in Florida to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Bob Graham. The first is the endorsement Monday by National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman George Allen of Virginia of former HUD Secretary Mel Martinez in the GOP primary. Despite a field of eight, the Aug. 31 primary contest has come down to Martinez and the 2…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 6, 2004

The hallmark of this presidential election year seems to be that it has more plot twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel. The political world spent the holiday weekend awaiting a vice-presidential pick from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts (finally learning this morning that Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., would join Kerry on the ticket). And the…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 5, 2004

Democrat Stephanie Herseth's slim victory over Republican Larry Diedrich in Tuesday's special election to fill South Dakota's at-large House seat has helped to keep the spring in the step of House Democrats. They were already riding high from Democrat Ben Chandler's victory in the February 17 special election in Kentucky's 6th District. Democrats are eager to read enormous significance into th…

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There’s an old say­ing that close only counts in horse­shoes and hand gren­ades, and that’s cer­tainly how Demo­crats must feel after los­ing their third and fourth at­tempts of the year to wrestle away Re­pub­lic­an-held seats in spe­cial con­gres­sion­al elec­tions. In fair­ness, the first two shouldn’t fully count against them since the Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee was...

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