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The Fix: April 9, 2006 - April 15, 2006

The Friday Line: Senate Gains Still Looking Certain For Dems

Sitting down to write this week's Friday Line on the top Senate races, one thing immediately became clear: There are two tiers of Senate races right now -- the top four contests and everything else. The top four (Ohio, Pennsylvania,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 14, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Arizona Senate: Can Democrats Unseat Kyl?

Talk to Democratic Senate strategists about their top pick-up chances this fall and they list one open seat (Tennessee) and six challenger races (Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ohio, Montana, Missouri and Arizona). It's hard to see how Democrats can win a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 13, 2006; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Senate  
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W.Va.: 12-Term Democrat at Center of Ethics Storm

Ethics allegations against Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) hit the front page of two major newspapers last week, prompting fears among Democrats that the twelve-term lawmaker's reelection bid could be endangered, along with the effectiveness of their party's overall "culture of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 13, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  House  
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Ohio: Parties Battle It Out Early in the 6th District

You could excuse voters in Ohio's 6th District for thinking the November elections are right around the corner. With 20 days left before the the state's May 2 primary, both national parties are spending heavily in the southern Ohio district....

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2006; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  House  
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Calif. Special Election: Democrat Comes Up (Just) Short

College professor Francine Busby (D) dominated the special open primary in California's 50th district yesterday but was unable to win a simple majority of the vote to avoid a June 6 runoff. Former Rep. Brian Bilbray, left, talks with Rep....

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2006; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  House  
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Parsing the Polls on Censure and Impeachment

Calls to censure or impeach President George W. Bush are nothing new. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced a resolution late last last year calling for a committee to be convened to determine whether enough evidence existed to begin impeachment proceedings...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2006; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (248)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Romney Courts Christian Conservatives

Continuing his courtship of social conservaties, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 8 to meet with the Iowa Christian Alliance. The group, formerly known as the Iowa Christian Coalition, is seen as an influential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2006; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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CT Senate: Lieberman Could Run as Indie

Providing more fodder for his critics within the party, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman said yesterday that he would not rule out running as an Independent for re-election in 2006 should he lose the Democratic nomination. "I have not foreclosed the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2006; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Senate  
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Calif. Special Election: Can Busby Get to 50 in the 50th?

For political junkies craving a preview of the 2006 election, look no further than today's special election in California's 50th District -- the seat most recently held by Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the fighter-pilot-turned-lawmaker who resigned from Congress in disgrace last...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2006; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Ohio: Will It Be Sulzer or Space vs. Rep. Ney?

An interesting poll came across The Fix's desk this morning that made me think twice about the conventional wisdom regarding the Democratic nominee in Ohio's 18th District. Political insiders have long told us that Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer is the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2006; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Watching Al Gore

As any loyal Fix reader knows, we continue to believe former vice president Al Gore might decide to run for president in 2008 despite his repeated assertions to the contrary. Al Gore isn't categorically ruling out another White House run....

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2006; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic PACs , Eye on 2008  
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Insider Interview: A Granite State Republican's Early Take on '08

Ask Tom Rath to describe the courting process between presidential candidates and New Hampshire voters and he begins to wax poetic. "It is a real art form," Rath said. "It's...kind of mannered, almost elegant dance." Rath should know. He has...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2006; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Insider Interview , Republican Party  
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