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The Fix: February 26, 2006 - March 4, 2006

The Friday Line II: Readers Ask About Other '08ers

I chatted live online Friday morning and took a number of questions about omissions from this week's Friday Line. Many commenters wondered where people like retired Gen. Wes Clark, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former House...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2006; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Will Dem Challengers Keep Allen at Home?

Even though Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) appears to be headed toward a more competitive-than-expected reelection race in November, he continues to visit states that will play a key role in the 2008 election. Allen will make a stop in Iowa...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2006; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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The Friday Line: Hillary, McCain in a Class of Their Own

The last time we dedicated the Friday Line to the raw horse race politics of Campaign 2008 was way back in December. Much has changed since, most notably the solidifying of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) as the clear frontrunner for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2006; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , The Line  
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Kerry Raises Quick Cash for 3 Vets

The prospect of a second presidential bid for John Kerry may be mocked by many Democratic party insiders, but Kerry's fundraising ability -- especially over the Internet -- continues to keep him viable on the national scene. John Kerry's fundraising...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2006; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , House  
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House: All Eyes on the Texas Case

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments on the Texas congressional redistricting case, partisans on both sides are waiting expectantly for the justices' decision, which could influence the fight for control come November. Early returns don't appear...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2006; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  House  
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Iowa's Tom Vilsack at the Press Club

In a speech at the National Press Club on Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) talked about the importance of community -- offering a glimpse of his likely message should he decide to run for president in 2008. Vilsack addressed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2006; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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House: GOP Targets Top Ethics Cmte. Democrat

House Speaker Dennis Hastert will travel to Parkersburg, W.Va., on March 10 to campaign for state Del. Christopher Wakim (R). Why? Well, for one, Wakim is challenging Rep. Alan Mollohan -- who, as the ranking Democrat on the House Ethics...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 1, 2006; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Parsing the Polls: Rating Every Governor and Senator

While The Fix has long been on record as leery of automated dialing polls, we admit to being intrigued by a project undertaken by Survey USA to test job-approval ratings on a monthly basis for every senator and governor in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 1, 2006; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , Parsing the Polls , Senate  
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'08 Primary Watch: McCain a Lock in S.C.?

The South Carolina presidential primary is nearly two years off, but it is already the dominant topic among the political operatives who call the Palmetto State home. During my trip to the state last week, The Fix huddled with a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 28, 2006; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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S.C. Gov.: Sanford -- The "Maverick" Incumbent?

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's biggest rivals during his first four years in office have not been Democrats but rather members of his own party. Gov. Mark Sanford speaks during the dedication of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Memorial...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 28, 2006; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Gregoire Discounts Recount Backlash

No governor came into office in 2004 with as much fanfare and controversy as Washington's Christine Gregoire (D). Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire's controversial election victory in 2004 could hurt Democrats this year. (AP File Photo) Gregoire's race against Republican Dino...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 28, 2006; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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Insider Interview: Sen. George Allen

George Allen is regularly compared (flatteringly and unflatteringly) to the current commander-in-chief, but the Republican senator from Virginia sees himself more in the mold of another GOP president -- Ronald Reagan. Can Sen. George Allen win the White House running...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 27, 2006; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Insider Interview , Republican Party  
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