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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 13, 2003

Those of you starving for electoral action take heart. Next week's Kentucky gubernatorial primary will be the first statewide election of the 2003-04 election cycle. And this contest pretty much has it all -- scandal, a troubled economy and two messy primary contests. What more could a political junkie want? Scandal-plagued Democratic Gov. Paul Patton is term-limited, and Republicans hope that th…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 11, 2003

At this early stage in presidential election cycles, it's not uncommon for some really interesting poll numbers to come out that can make operatives of both parties hyperventilate from either joy or f…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 8, 2003

Getting deeply involved in recruiting Senate candidates and campaigning for them was a bet that paid off handsomely for President Bush and his political advisers in 2002. But as the new election cycle gets under way, the White House is faced with some political situations that are considerably more complicated, particularly in the Senate primaries. What's more, White House operatives are beginning…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 6, 2003

Saturday's South Carolina state Democratic Party convention and the first debate among the nine candidates for the party's presidential nomination next year were two of those classic events for journalists and the campaigns alike --- intensely interesting and totally unimportant. While the media and party insiders were offered a great opportunity to size up the candidates and assess their potentia…

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…

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