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The Fix: December 11, 2005 - December 17, 2005

N.J.: Poll Shows Menendez Leading Kean

Soon-to-be Sen. Bob Menendez (D) leads state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R) by six points in the 2006 Senate race, according to a new Quinnipiac poll that's the first survey to be released on the budding race since New Jersey...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2005; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Senate  
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Tenn.: Harold Ford Jr. Changes Horses

Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr., who is running for Tennessee's open Senate seat, has jettisoned his original consultants and brought in a new team of political pros as the campaign heads into the election year. Ford parted way with pollster...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2005; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Senate  
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Abramoff: A Plague on Both Your Houses?

As the federal investigation into lobbyist Jack Abramoff continues, Republicans are making a push to neutralize the scandal's political reverberations by painting Democrats as equally culpable in taking money from the disgraced influence peddler. In an interview with Fox News...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2005; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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Romney's Out ... And In?

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) announced late Wednesday that he would not seek a second term as governor, a move sure to further stoke speculation about his interest in a 2008 presidential candidacy. The Mitt Romney '08 speculation will only...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2005; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Governors  
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Seeding the Online Grassroots

For all the political junkies out there who, like me, are already obsessed with the 2008 presidential race, it's interesting to watch how the would-be candidates are working to grow online grassroots networks. Two examples from the potential Democratic field...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2005; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Parsing the Polls: Iraqis on Iraq

Dwindling support for the Iraq war among the American public has dominated the U.S. political debate for months, prompting President George W. Bush to give a series of speeches outlining his administration's strategy for victory.  Surveys show that a majority...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2005; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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RNC vs. MoveOn.org

The Republican National Committee is prepping GOP members of Congress for MoveOn.org's latest onslaught -- the liberal group's plans to deliver 400,000 signed petitions to Capitol Hill and to 244 lawmakers' offices around the country tomorrow demanding the withdrawal of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 13, 2005; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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AFL-CIO Asks, "Who's On Our Side?"

Seeking to reassert itself as a political force following a year of internal turmoil, the AFL-CIO is launching a campaign aimed at bringing grassroots pressure to bear on Republicans in 10 statewide races. The "Who's On Our Side" program kicked...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 13, 2005; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Will Texas Remap Case Change '06 Landscape?

The decision Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging a Texas congressional remap engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has any number of interesting political implications. The first -- and most obvious --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 13, 2005; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  House  
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Ohio: Is Brown the Democrat to Beat?

A new poll conducted for Rep. Sherrod Brown's (D) Senate campaign shows him with a wide lead against primary challenger/Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett (D). The initial ballot test, which was conducted by pollster Diane Feldman, showed Brown with a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2005; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Senate  
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R.I.: Club For Growth Backs Chafee Opponent

The Club for Growth, a powerful conservative third-party group, endorsed Cranston, R.I., Mayor Steve Laffey this morning, providing a boost to Laffey's primary campaign against Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R). "Any way you look at it, Senator Chafee is a big...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2005; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Senate  
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RNC Ad Sparks Controversy

An Internet ad released by the Republican National Committee late last week that paints Democrats as favoring retreat in Iraq is causing considerable controversy both within the GOP ranks and (no surprise) among Democrats. The ad, which is promoted prominently...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2005; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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Weekend Fix

The Fix's Chris Cillizza wrote The Post's Sunday Politics column this weekend.  Read it here: "2006 Looms as a Test of National vs. Local Issues." Post reporter Dan Balz provided more details on the Democratic Party's 2008 primary plan:  "Democrats...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 12, 2005; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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