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The Fix: October 22, 2006 - October 28, 2006

Democrats Target Rep. Ryun in Kansas's 2nd District

In an ongoing attempts to expand the House playing field, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee yesterday launched its first ads of the campaign in Kansas's 2nd District. The commercial hits Republican Rep. Jim Ryun for voting against a $1,500 combat...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 28, 2006; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Congressional Countdown: Women Candidates Poised to Play a Major Role in 2006

A Key Race Scorecard -- Oct. 28, 2006 House (35 contested races) Leans GOP 5 Toss-Up17 Leans Dem 13 Senate (9 contested races) Leans GOP0Toss-Up4Leans Dem5 » Full Analysis In today's Congressional Countdown we consider the possibility that 2006...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 28, 2006; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Michigan Senate: In Play Or All Over?

Eleven days before the election, both sides largely agree about the state of play in the Senate. Pennsylvania and Ohio appear all but over; Rhode Island and Montana are tilting toward Democrats; Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia are the fulcrum on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2006; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Senate  
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GOP Pullout in Ohio Could Have Ripple Effect

After weeks of press reports indicating that the Republican National Committee would end its advertising buys in Ohio's Senate race, the committee, amid much internal debate, finally pulled the plug on Thursday. Spin it as they may, the pullout can...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2006; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Congressional Countdown: Dems Have Edge in Split Districts, Open Seats

A Key Race Scorecard -- Oct. 27, 2006 House (35 contested races) Leans GOP 5 Toss-Up18 Leans Dem 12 Senate (9 contested races) Leans GOP0Toss-Up4Leans Dem5 » Full Analysis Today's Congressional Countdown takes a look at the advantage Democrats...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 27, 2006; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Minnesota: GOP Candidate's "Honest" Message on Iraq

Talk candidly with Republican candidates and party strategists and they will admit that finding a politically positive message for the war in Iraq is a near impossibility. Mark Kennedy speaks before a Wednesday campaign appearance by First Lady Laura Bush...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 26, 2006; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Vilsack Making First '08 Move?

Word out of Iowa is that outgoing Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) is beginning to solicit contributions for an early December event that would raise money for a federal political action committee. Rumor has it that Tom Vilsack may launch a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 26, 2006; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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527 Group Slams Republican in CO-5

Colorado is the wild west when it comes to money and politics. Over the last several election cycles, groups of wealthy individuals have banded together to spend millions in hopes of influencing state legislative and congressional races as well as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 26, 2006; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Congressional Countdown: 3 More Seats Lean Democratic

A Key Race Scorecard -- Oct. 26, 2006 House (35 contested races) Leans GOP 5 Toss-Up18 Leans Dem 12 Senate (9 contested races) Leans GOP0Toss-Up4Leans Dem5 » Full Analysis In today's Congressional Countdown we move three U.S. House seats...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 26, 2006; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Fight For the Senate: Dole vs. Schumer

In the final stretch of any campaign year, the two national parties engage in a seemingly endless war of words -- fighting for even the smallest of rhetorical edges. Sen. Schumer says Democrats are "on the edge" of retaking the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 25, 2006; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Tenn. Senate: Race-Baiting or Rough and Tumble?

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m. ET: Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman just said on CNN that the controversial ad that the committee's independent expenditure arm has been running in Tennessee is no longer on the air. The ad went into rotation...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 25, 2006; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
Categories:  Senate  
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Parsing the Polls: Surveying the Senate Battlegrounds

Over the last few weeks, The Fix's weekly Parsing the Polls feature focused on national polls -- all of which, unsurprisingly, show a dismal atmosphere for Republicans in the coming midterm elections. A Key Race Scorecard -- Oct. 25, 2006...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 25, 2006; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls , Senate  
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NRCC's Hail Mary in NY-24

Sometimes a television commercial doesn't even have to run to make an impact. Take the recent spot by the National Republican Congressional Committee in New York's 24th district, which is being vacated by Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R). The commercial features...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2006; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Connecticut, Democrats Raise the Titanic

For the last few weeks we've heard Republican strategists warning that their party is headed for losses of Titanic proportions on Nov. 7. Now the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running an ad in Connecticut that casts the opposition party...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2006; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Congressional Countdown

Regular readers of The Fix know that we aim to provide the latest and greatest campaign news. In these remaining two weeks before the election, new developments will be unfolding at a rapid clip. We've launched a new feature to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2006; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Midterm Madness -- Test Your Political Forecasting Skills

The Fix often draws parallels between campaign politics and sports -- focusing on the personalities, story lines and daily dramas that make both so compelling. Game Rules and Prizes | See Other Readers' Picks There's no better time in sports...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2006; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Florida: Is the Governor's Race Back in Play?

For the last few months the Florida governor's race has not made The Fix's regular ranking of the 15 most-competitive gubernatorial races in the country. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis talks to voters during an Oct. 21 campaign swing through...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2006; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Moveon.org Urges Safe Dems to Pony Up

With 15 days to go until the election, MoveOn.org is asking Democratic members of Congress to reach deep into their own pockets to fund campaign activities in the widening playing field of competitive races. Seventy Democratic incumbents with a total...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2006; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic PACs , House  
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Kentucky's 4th: Bad Guess May Hurt GOP Incumbent

One of the first lessons any successful politician learns is don't offer guesses about important issues on the stump. If you don't know the answer to a specific question, do your best to change the subject or hedge your bets....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2006; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama vs. Clinton -- A Primary Fight for the Ages?

Well, well, well. Barack Obama would merit "co-frontrunner" status with Sen. Hillary Clinton should he decide to run for the White House in 2008. (Reuters/Alex Wong/Meet the Press) Sunday's big political news wasn't too much of a surprise to The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2006; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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