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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 4, 2003

Monday's Washington Post story by Mike Allen and Dan Balz outlining the White House's plan for the 2004 Bush re-election campaign got tongues wagging around Washington on a number of levels, chiefly the figure that they could raise as much as $250 million for the effort and that the price tag for "Pioneers," the band of major Bush fundraisers, could go from the $100,000 requirement in 2000 to eith…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 1, 2003

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's fiery anti-war rhetoric during the Democratic National Committee's meet-the-candidates gathering last week moved him, in effect, from the kids' table to the grownups' table. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, meanwhile, turned in a workmanlike performance that failed to stir his audience. Former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio…

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…

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Hostile Swing Voters Spell Trouble for House Republicans

February 28, 2017

The two-thirds of Re­pub­lic­ans in the House who have nev­er served when the GOP held ma­jor­it­ies in the House and Sen­ate along­side a GOP pres­id­ent can be for­giv­en for not re­mem­ber­ing the last time they were sim­il­arly situ­ated. It was 2006, and they lost 30 seats in the House. When Demo­crats were last in that situ­ation, it was 2010 and they lost 63 House seats. When one party...

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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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