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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 9, 2003

For a long time, I have said that the three most important factors in winning a party's presidential nomination are Iowa, New Hampshire and money. After all, 13 of the 14 major party nominations over…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 6, 2003

As the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination heats up, the electability argument is being bandied about more often. Establishment-oriented political watchers, and particularly backers of Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., and some other candidates, argue that while former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean appeals to the Democratic base, he would have a tougher time than Gephardt winning a general elect…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 2, 2003

One can only imagine the Thanksgiving Day shock and awe among the Democratic presidential contenders as they watched the news of President Bush's secret trip to Baghdad. It will take a week or so to k…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 25, 2003

Within hours after the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts effectively legalized civil marriages last week for gay couples in the state, it became an article of faith that the gay marriage issue would dominate the 2004 elections. Whether voters see the war in Iraq as essential to our national security or as an ill-advised quagmire, few people put the gay marriage issue above it on their list…

Governors Overview|By Charlie Cook, November 22, 2003

Largely unnoticed in the aftermath of this year's four gubernatorial races is the fact that the party in power was thrown out every time. The throw-'em-out trend began some time ago. In fact, in the 42 gubernatorial elections held since November 2001, an amazing 26 resulted in party switches. Republicans lost 13 governorships to Democrats, who in turn lost 11 to Republicans. And each major party…

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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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Democrats Find It’s Risky to Poke the GOP Elephant

June 27, 2017

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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The 2016 Political Environment

Updated November 25, 2015 | As the 2016 election cycle begins to take shape, the Cook Political Report has identified several metrics worth monitoring between now and Election Day.

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