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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, August 27, 2012

As Republican National Convention delegates and the media descend on Tampa, along with an uninvited guest named Isaac, the presidential race is very close, according to virtually every national survey, as well as polls of swing states.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 28, 2012

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows President Obama widening his lead over Mitt Romney among registered voters from 3 points in June to 6 points in July, 49 percent to 43 percent. Among a somewhat smaller group of voters in the dozen battleground states, Obama’s lead is 8 points, 49 percent to 41 percent. But—and this is a very big but—among high-interest voters considered most likely…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 23, 2012

As some of us predicted, the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act had little impact on the presidential campaign. Those ardently favoring or opposing President Obama’s health care law made up their minds long ago. There was little the Court could do that would fundamentally alter public attitudes. Barring some cataclysmic event, the dominant issue in this election will be the econo…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 19, 2012

If you hear some scurrying, it may well be an economist quickly revising downward his forecast of economic growth for the just-completed second quarter of 2012. A steady stream of worrisome data has been coming out in recent weeks. The Conference Board reported that consumer confidence declined for the fourth month in a row. The closely watched measurement of consumer sentiment taken by Thomson/Re…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 14, 2012

It’s a good bet that no authors dedicated a book “To Earl Long and Robert F. Kennedy” before James Carville and Stan Greenberg penned It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! It’s an odd book, but definitely worth putting on your preconvention reading list. Indeed, for many Democrats, it will become the playbook on how to talk to voters about economic issues. Carville and Greenberg, two of the smartest guy…

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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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