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The Fix: February 5, 2006 - February 11, 2006

washingtonpost.com's Election Map

As the 2006 midterm elections heat up, you'll want to bookmark the new washingtonpost.com election map, which highlights the key races that will determine control of the House and Senate. It also highlights key governor's contests from around the country....

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 11, 2006; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Fix Notes , House , Senate  
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Pa. Senate: Santorum Rallies the Base

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) -- the top target for Democrats this November -- spoke before the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The Fix was there. Sen. Santorum got a rock star welcome Thursday at the Conservative...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2006; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Friday Line: Can Democrats Get to 6?

The Fix hasn't focused on Senate races in the Friday Line for more than a month, so we're back at it with a vengeance this week. As Dan Balz and I wrote in The Post earlier this week, the question...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2006; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Va. Senate: Former Reagan Aide to Run as Dem

The entrance of former Navy secretary James Webb (D) into the Virginia Senate race is sure to raise the contest's national profile, although Sen. George Allen (R) remains a strong favorite for reelection this fall. Webb, President Reagan's top civilian...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 9, 2006; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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'08 Watch: Barbour's Exit Ratchets Up Pressure on Frist

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) made clear earlier this week that he will not seek the presidency in 2008, a decision that a has a number of interesting short- and long-term ramifications. Let the courting of Haley begin ... a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 9, 2006; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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R.I. Senate: Matt Brown Makes Gains

Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown has leapt into the lead in the Democratic Senate primary, with two new polls showing him ahead of former state Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse. Brown led Whitehouse 38 percent to 36 percent in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 8, 2006; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Senate  
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Calif.: Two More Bush Vets Join Arnold

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is continuing his raid on top talent from President Bush's 2004 campaign, recruiting two more well-regarded GOP operatives in recent days. Katie Levinson, who is currently the director of White House television operations, will soon...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 8, 2006; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Governors  
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Insiders Picked to Manage Parties' Spending

As the midterm elections draw ever closer, the national party committees are beginning to put together the teams who will be charged with spending the tens of millions raised by the organizations. The vast majority of spending by these committees...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 8, 2006; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Republican Party  
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Parsing the Polls: Hizzoner's National Appeal

After dedicating a recent Parsing the Polls to the question of whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton can win the presidency, The Fix got to thinking about another New York politician with national ambitions -- former New York City Mayor Rudy...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 8, 2006; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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House GOP: Is Boehner Win a Luntz Loss?

Republican pollster Frank Luntz will not make a presentation to House Republicans at their annual retreat on Maryland's Eastern Shore this week, although he was originally on the schedule. Why was he bumped?  It depends on whom you ask. Luntz...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 7, 2006; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  House  
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Answering a Few More Questions

I did a live chat yesterday but -- as usual -- I wasn't able to get to all the great questions that were submitted. I plucked out a few of the leftovers and answered them below.  Enjoy. Harrisburg, Pa.: I...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 7, 2006; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Michigan Key to Romney's '08 Primary Strategy

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) spent Super Bowl weekend in his home state of Michigan, as he continues to lay the groundwork in the state for a possible 2008 presidential run. Romney spoke at the Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 7, 2006; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Congressional Ethics: McCain v. Obama

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) sent a harshly worded letter to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) yesterday scolding him and Democrats for playing politics with the ethics and lobbying reform measures proposed in the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal. "When you...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 7, 2006; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Senate  
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Nevada Senate: Goodman vs. Ensign?

Could Nevada's junior senator, John Ensign (R), be vulnerable this fall? The answer is maybe -- assuming a few dominoes fall Democrats' way in the next few weeks. Jack Carter, the son of former President Jimmy Carter, formally announced his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 7, 2006; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Senate  
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Insider Interview: Tom Vilsack's Democratic Optimism

The Fix has embarked on a project to sit down with each and every one of the candidates contemplating a 2008 White House run to give readers a sense of these politicians -- from a political, policy and personal perspective....

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 6, 2006; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008 , Insider Interview  
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The 2006 Horse Race

Dan Balz and I wrote a story for today's Post examining the national political atmosphere and how it is shaping the 2006 battle for the Senate and House. There's also a great interactive map online that lets readers see where...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 6, 2006; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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