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The Fix: February 12, 2006 - February 18, 2006

washingtonpost.com's Midterm Elections Map

Interactive Map Just a reminder to check out the interactive elections map on washingtonpost.com every Friday for updates on key House, Senate and gubernatorial contests around the country. This week we've added four races: Vermont's At-Large House race, Tennessee's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2006; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Another House GOP retirement

Colorado Rep. Joel Hefley (R) announced his retirement yesterday, becoming the second House GOPer this week to step aside prior to the November midterm elections. Hefley's announcement comes as no major surprise since he had been hinting heavily at retirement...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2006; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  House  
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More Details on HRC's Donor Day

We wrote earlier this week on the gathering of New York. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's national finance team here in Washington. The guest list was closely guarded but The Fix managed to find out a few of the more intriguing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2006; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Friday Governors Line

The fight for the 36 governorships up for grabs in November continues to be the most entertaining campaign story line this year. Picking just the top 10 best gubernatorial takeover chances for the two parties is extremely difficult since we...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 17, 2006; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  The Line  
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Democrats Revive Soft Money Efforts

After watching the two largest progressive soft money organizations either close or contract their operations in the first half of 2005, most Democrats were pessimistic about their chances of re-creating a shadow party as they did in the 2004 presidential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2006; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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2008: The Case Against Al Gore

After laying out the reasons why former Vice President Al Gore should run for the nation's top office earlier this week (and receiving a massive amount of feedback), we tackle the other side of the equation -- why Gore shouldn't...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2006; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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HRC's Donor Day

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has raised $33 million for her re-election bid this November, a financial show of force that not only makes her a solid favorite to win a second term but has also cemented her status...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 15, 2006; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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House Republicans Lose One

Rep. Bill Jenkins (R) announced his retirement from his eastern Tennessee 1st district today, becoming the 14th House Republican not planning to seek re-election this November. "Serving in the Congress is a great honor and a great responsibility," Jenkins said...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 15, 2006; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  House  
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Parsing the Polls: Surveys Spotlight McCain's Broad Appeal

The Fix gets excited when even a single 2008 presidential poll gets released, so you can imagine the thrill when the American Research Group released the results of seven -- yes SEVEN -- statewide surveys earlier this week. Primarily clumped...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 15, 2006; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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Ohio: Fallout From Hackett Announcement

There are good and bad sides to today's decision by Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett to drop out of the Ohio Senate race. On the bad side, Hackett's withdrawal statement made clear that he felt mistreated by Democratic Party leaders...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 14, 2006; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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2008: The Case for Al Gore

For Al Gore watchers, it's deja vu all over again as the former vice president is being talked up as a presidential candidate by the Democratic Party's chattering classes. Is Al Gore the only Democrat capable of beating Hillary Clinton...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 14, 2006; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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Hackett Switch Could Boost Ohio Democrats

UPDATE: Hackett made it official this morning -- he's dropping out of the Senate race. And from his statement below, he won't be challenging Rep. Schmidt in the 2nd District. Here's Hackett's official statement: "Today I am announcing that I...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 14, 2006; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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John McCain's Grueling Schedule

As 2008 draws ever closer, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is working to win over many of the establishment party fundraisers and operatives who worked to ensure his defeat in 2000. Post chief political reporter Dan Balz wrote about this courting effort...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 13, 2006; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Republican Party  
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Insider Interview: Scott Howell -- GOP Imagemaker

Scott Howell is the man Democrats love to hate. A Republican media consultant, Howell has been involved in some of the most high-profile (and nasty) Senate races in recent memory, including Sen. Saxby Chambliss's (R) 2002 defeat of Max Cleland...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 13, 2006; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Insider Interview , Republican Party  
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