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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 30, 2003

Polls are dominating the political news this week, with interesting and, in some cases, dubious polling results on the presidential race, as well as the California gubernatorial recall and the Kentuck…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 27, 2003

It's been a long time since a pair of polls caused as much stir as did this week's Newsweek and CNN/USA Today/Gallup presidential race surveys. The Newsweek poll came first, putting retired Army Gen.…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 23, 2003

Anybody who thinks politics is boring and predictable obviously has not been watching the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. At the beginning of the year, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts was the nominal front-runner for the party's nod, with Sens. John Edwards of North Carolina and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri all trying to break through. For…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 20, 2003

Over the past decade, there were elections in which 80, 90, 120, even 150 congressional districts were potentially competitive. Yet in 2004, because of incumbent-protection redistricting decisions, only about three dozen House races are expected to be close. And probably a mere handful of seats will end up changing parties. Some House districts that had looked as if they would produce competitive…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 13, 2003

Perhaps the most important recent development in any competitive Senate race was the announcement by freshman Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina that he won't seek re-election. His retirement creates yet another open seat for the Democrats to defend in the South. On one level, Edwards's decision to devote all of his campaign energy to his presidential bid was hardly a shock. Although North Carol…

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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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