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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…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 4, 2003

With the fight for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination under way and Americans appropriately preoccupied with the Columbia tragedy this past weekend and the probability of war in the next two months, it's easy to forget that congressional elections are just 21 months away. In many ways, this election cycle will look familiar. Issues like the number of open seats, the effectiveness of candi…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 1, 2003

How disheartening it must have been for the president to wake up on the day he was to deliver an incredibly important State of the Union address and to hear immediately that the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence rating had just fallen to a nine-year low. But ever since Republicans did unexpectedly well in the November 5 midterm elections, they've heard a lot of bad news. The hottest debate…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 28, 2003

Things were very different when President Bush last walked down the center aisle of the U.S. House chamber to deliver his State of the Union message. His job approval rating in the two Ipsos-Reid/…

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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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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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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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