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

The Friday Line: Return of the Presidential Rankings

It's back! After a hiatus in the run-up to the 2006 midterm election, the regular Friday Line on potential 2008 presidential candidates returns this week ... with a special new twist. In previous presidential lines, we've chosen not to rank...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2006; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , The Line  
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The DCCC Chief's Next Move

Fresh off his role as the architect of his party's gains in the House, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) will seek to remain in his party's leadership -- making a run for the vacant Democratic Caucus chair job. After leading the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2006; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Is Virginia Now a Tossup State?

With Sen. George Allen's (R) decision to concede this afternoon, The Fix took a look at where Allen and winner Jim Webb (D) got their votes. Democrat Jim Webb is officially the winner of the Virginia Senate race. (AP) Webb...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2006; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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New Faces in the Senate

There are 10 new members of the U.S. Senate: eight Democrats, one republican, and one independent. Missouri Claire McCaskill Occupation: Lawyer, Current State Auditor Public Service: State Legislature, Prosecutor, State Auditor Education: B.A., Law Degree, University of Missouri Born: Rolla,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  November 9, 2006; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Update on Undecided House Races

Official Washington is already making preparations for a Democratic-controlled House (and likely a Democratic Senate), but there are still a number of House races that remain undecided. Democrats are sure to pick up at least 28 seats, but that number...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2006; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Michael Steele for Republican National Chairman?

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R), who came up just short yesterday in his Senate race against Rep. Ben Cardin (D), is mulling a bid for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, according to an informed GOP source. Steele...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 8, 2006; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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List of Undeclared House Races

A handful of House races remain undecided. Only one of those races involves a seat currently held by Democrats -- GA-12. A GOP win there would slightly offset Democratic gains elsewhere In Georgia's 12th, incumbent John Barrow (D) today claimed...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  November 8, 2006; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Day After: Rumsfeld Is Out

The announcement that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will step down from his post is the first of several likely changes in Republican ranks following the party's sound defeat at the ballot box yesterday. Rumsfeld had grown into a lightning rod...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 8, 2006; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Dems Earn Decisive Win in the House, Senate Too Close to Call

The long night behind us, let's see what we know. House: Democrats +27 Democrats have won the following GOP-held House seats: * CT-05 * FL-16 * FL-22 * IN-02 * IN-08 * IN-09 * KY-03 * NC-11 * NH-01 *...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 8, 2006; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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For Democrats, It's a Solid Northeast

Looking for an early read on how Democrats won the House? Look no further than the consolidation of the Northeast, where Democrats have won at least nine Republican-held seats. Take New Hampshire. In the only state switched its support to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 8, 2006; 3:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where We Stand: House Democrats Looking at a 30-Seat Gain

Here's a look at where things stand: House: Democrats +21 Democrats have won the following GOP districts: NC-11, CT-05, IN-02, IN-08, IN-09, KY-03, NH-01, NH-02, OH-18, FL-16, Fl-22, PA-07, AZ-08, PA-10, NY-20, NY-24, AZ-05, PA-04, KS-02, IA-01 and TX-22. The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 8, 2006; 12:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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A Few Lingering Surprises in House Returns

A trip through Associated Press vote returns produces a few intriguing races to continue to watch. In Kansas's 2nd district, 2004 Democratic nominee Nancy Boyda is leading Rep. Jim Ryun (R). If that leads holds it would be a major...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2006; 11:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Where We Stand: Democrats Closing in on the House

It's 11 p.m. on the East Coast. Here's a look at where we stand, according to the Associated Press: House: Democrats +13 Republicans have lost: AZ-8, NC-11, CT-05, IN-02, IN-08, IN-09, KY-03, NH-02, OH-18, PA-7, PA-10, FL-16 and FL-22. Senate:...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2006; 11:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Revisiting the Ohio River Ramble

As many loyal Fix readers know, Jim VandeHei, Chet Rhodes and I trekked through nine districts in the Ohio River Valley over a nine day span this fall. Here's an update on the districts we visited: Indiana's 8th, 9th and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2006; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Big Loss for the GOP in Rhode Island

Former Rhode Island Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse (D) ousted Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R), bringing Demoocratic gains in the Senate to 3. Republicans had grown increasingly optimistic about Chafee's chances in the final few days, but ultimately voters in this strongly...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2006; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democrats Pick Up Seats in Kentucky and Indiana

Kentucky Rep. Anne Northup (R) has lost her bid for reelection in the Louisville-area 3rd District, a sign that Democrats are well-positioned to make considerable House gains tonight. Northup withstood a series of Democratic challenges since she won her seat...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2006; 9:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is Hostettler Loss an Early Sign of the Wave?

House Democrats are now 14 seats away from a majority. Rep. John Hostettler (R) lost his reelection bid in the 8th District of Indiana, according the Associated Press. The race has been called for Vanderburgh County sheriff Brad Ellsworth (D)....

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2006; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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National Exit Polls -- Corruption at Top of Voters' Minds

For the first time today, we have some actual data on the composition of the national electorate. As reported by CNN, exit polling has begun to trickle out and -- at least in partial returns -- the data suggests corruption...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2006; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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GOP Candidate Files Complaint in N.M.'s 1st

Rep. Heather Wilson (R) today sent a letter to the House Administration Committee Chairman Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) complaining that some precincts in New Mexico's 1st District do not have enough ballots. In a precinct in Bernalillo County, Wilson alleges that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2006; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix's Election Night Viewers Guide

For two years we have waited for this day. Election Day 2006 is finally here and, as always at The Fix, we aim to provide our readers with the information they need to know to wow their friends and vanquish...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2006; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Notes , Governors , House , Senate  
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Countdown: Election Day

A Key Race Scorecard -- Nov. 7, 2006 House (35 contested races) Leans GOP 5 Toss-Up19 Leans Dem 11 Senate (9 contested races) Leans GOP1Toss-Up4Leans Dem4 » Full Analysis Election Day has arrived and that means the final installment...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  November 7, 2006; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Best Campaign Commercials of 2006

As any regular reader knows, The Fix LOVES campaign commercials. We spend hours watching them over the final weeks of the campaign and relish either a really nicely crafted positive ad or a stinging negative one. So what better way...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2006; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Countdown: Polls Differ on Control of Senate

A Key Race Scorecard -- Nov. 6, 2006 House (35 contested races) Leans GOP 3 Toss-Up20 Leans Dem 12 Senate (9 contested races) Leans GOP0Toss-Up4Leans Dem5 » Full Analysis Thirty-six hours before the polls begin closing across the country,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  November 6, 2006; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Worst Challengers of Campaign 2006

Today wraps up The Fix's look at the best- and worst-run campaigns of this election cycle. We saved the "best" for last -- rating the 10 worst challenger and open-seat campaigns. No category received more nominations than this one, as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2006; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Polls Show Senate Still Up for Grabs

With political analysts predicting a likely Democratic take over in the U.S. House, all eyes turn to a few races for seats in the Senate , which, according to a series of independent polls, remains completely up for grabs. The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 5, 2006; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Socialist Sanders Poised to Win a Senate Seat

Guest poster Jennifer Nedeau considers the prospect of Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joining the Senate... Bernie Sanders is comfortably ahead of his opponent in the Senate race. (By Toby Talbot -- Associated Press) As Republicans attempt to motivate their base...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  November 5, 2006; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Countdown: GOP on the Defensive Nationwide

A Key Race Scorecard -- Nov. 5, 2006 House (35 contested races) Leans GOP 3 Toss-Up20 Leans Dem 12 Senate (9 contested races) Leans GOP0Toss-Up4Leans Dem5 » Full Analysis On the Countdown today we invite readers to delve into...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  November 5, 2006; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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