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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 27, 2016

This pres­id­en­tial race is very, very close, with the poll av­er­ages show­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton nurs­ing a small lead. The Real­Clear­Polit­ics.com av­er­age puts her ahead of Don­ald Trump by just 1.1 points, 41 per­cent to 39.9 per­cent, with Liber­tari­an Gary John­son third at 8.8 per­cent and Green Party can­did­ate Jill Stein fourth with 2.9 per­cent. The RCP two-way gives Clin­ton a...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 23, 2016

If you fo­cus on the na­tion­al pres­id­en­tial horse-race polls, Hil­lary Clin­ton has a sliv­er of a lead over Don­ald Trump—by nine-tenths of a point in the Real­Clear­Polit­ics.com av­er­age of ma­jor na­tion­al polls in the two-way tri­al heat, 44.9 to 44 per­cent; by sev­en-tenths of a point in the four-way heat, 41 to 40.3 per­cent, with Liber­tari­an Gary John­son third at 8.6 per­cent...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 20, 2016

Polls com­ing out every day make it clear that this pres­id­en­tial race has got­ten very close. Na­tion­al sur­veys put it some­where between a tie and a lead of about 2 points for Hil­lary Clin­ton over Don­ald Trump. This is a far cry from the lead of about 8 points that Clin­ton had last month, al­though that gap was prob­ably un­sus­tain­able.

National Politics |By Charlie Cook, September 16, 2016

It’s in­ter­est­ing to watch Hil­lary Clin­ton’s highly schizo­phren­ic cam­paign. On one level, in terms of strategy and tac­tics, or­gan­iz­a­tion­al abil­it­ies, use of tech­no­logy, and the like, it is a very im­press­ive ef­fort, a blend­ing of the best from her 2008 cam­paign with the cream of the 2008 and 2012 Obama pres­id­en­tial ef­forts.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 13, 2016

There’s no doubt that the presidential race has tightened up, but the operative question is whether Don­ald Trump has caught up or even overtaken Hillary Clinton. Polls are coming in by the bushel, some traditionally reliable, others of dubious quality. The CNN/ORC poll released on Tuesday caught a lot of attention. The sample of all registered voters showed Clinton ahead by 3 points, 44 to 41...

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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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