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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 25, 2003

Just as sure as the swallows coming back to San Juan Capistrano is a sign that spring is coming, the onset of presidential candidate cattle shows is a sign that the next campaign has really begun. Seven candidates and soon-to-be candidates addressed the Democratic National Committee meeting Friday and Saturday in Washington. All of the major active candidates were there except for Sens. John Kerry…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 22, 2003

Before beginning to size up individual congressional contests at the start of an election cycle, we need to construct an overall framework of important factors to consider. House and Senate elections can be evaluated in two major ways: The first focuses on the macro political factors-those large forces that cross state lines and can affect a majority of the competitive races. How is the national…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 18, 2003

Some issues are more politically complicated and dicey than others, but few are as delicate as Iraq is for Democrats these days. On one level, the base of the Democratic Party has opinions conside…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 15, 2003

Preoccupied as we are with the prospect of war, it's easy for Americans to forget that congressional elections are just 21 months away. Party strategists, of course, are well aware of the approaching election and are busy drafting their blueprints. But House Democrats, who are 12 seats short of a majority, need more than just a good blueprint if they are going to win control in 2004. They also nee…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 11, 2003

It has been a very, very long time since a more politically turbulent set of circumstances existed than the one we face today. Likelihood of a war with Iraq within the next month is strong. Late last…

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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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