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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 3, 2004

Over the past couple of months, the 2004 campaign has turned  into a riveting three-ring political circus. The presidential  race promises to end in a photo finish. Meanwhile, Senate  Republicans will likely keep their slim majority, but Democrats  now have a plausible shot at capturing control. And even though  the Republican grip on the House is so strong that ousting th…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 30, 2004

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a National Journal column about the contention of Emory University political scientists Alan Abramowitz and Brad Alexander that redistricting might not be the primary cause of the dwindling number of competitive congressional elections in recent elections. In an exchange of e-mails with Abramowitz about that column, he mentioned he had uncovered an odd phenomenon ab…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 20, 2004

Seeing conventional wisdom turned on its head is always exciting, especially when a new theory forces me to rethink cherished assumptions. A paper on the decline of competitive congressional races -- delivered by Emory University professors Alan Abramowitz and Brad Alexander at last week's annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association -- did just that. According to conventional wisd…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 16, 2004

Assuming Republicans hold onto the Senate in November, they might well thank their lucky stars for Georgia, since it could provide the margin in the battle for control of the chamber. An unmistakable shift in GOP Senate fortunes has taken place in recent weeks. While Republican control is still likely, it is far from certain, and the three- or four-seat net gains that some predicted early in the c…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 15, 2004

This presidential contest is beginning to look more like a demolition derby than a marathon, the traditional metaphor used for the ever-lengthening campaigns for the White House. President Bush's campaign is beating Sen. John Kerry black-and-blue, while outside events are inflicting equally severe injuries on the incumbent.Under most circumstances, the back-to-back improvements represented by the…

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