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The Fix: July 8, 2007 - July 14, 2007

Saturday's Post: Inside the McCain Implosion

For those readers who are following the collapse (and ongoing revitalization) of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, make sure to check out this story from today's Post. In it, Mike Shear and Dan Balz (of The Post), as well as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 14, 2007; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Line: Will Vitter Fallout Affect La. Gov. Race?

After a one-week hiatus from The Line due to vacation, we're back with a look at the five most competitive governor's races in the country. The top two slots remain filled by races set for this November, which will inevitably...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (217)
Categories:  The Line  
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Familiar Faces Returning to McCain '08

The revolving door continues to spin at Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign operation. This time two old faces are coming back into the fold -- Carla Eudy and Mike Dennehy. Eudy, who was McCain's longtime finance consultant, was dismissed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wag the Blog: How Much Can Democrats Do?

Earlier this week, the Post's Shailagh Murray and I sat down with Sen. Dick Durbin to discuss -- among other topics -- the ongoing Iraq debate in Congress. Durbin, who was one of just 21 Democrats to vote against the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 12, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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McCain's Iowa Team Hit By Resignations

The news just keeps getting worse for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign. Today, Ed Failor and Karen Slifka -- two prominent Iowa Republican activists -- resigned from the campaign. In an e-mail Failor said he and Slifka had agreed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 12, 2007; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Assessing Sen. David Vitter's Political Future

Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) acknowledgment late Monday that his phone number was among the scores listed in the so-called D.C. Madam's phone records has set off wild speculation about whether the revelation will cripple his political career. That speculation grew...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 12, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
Categories:  Senate  
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Rudy's Prebuttal Strategy

No image is more important to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's chances at the Republican nomination (and the presidency) than the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Giuliani rose to national prominence -- and became America's Mayor --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 11, 2007; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
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Parsing the Polls: Understanding Independents

During The Fix's much-needed vacation last week, the Post polling staff launched a fascinating project looking at self-identified independents and their impact on American politics. The project includes a major survey conducted jointly by the Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 11, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Another McCain Staffer Departs

Mary Kate Johnson, the finance director for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign, has resigned -- joining a stampede of senior staff on Tuesday. Johnson's resignation was confirmed by two sources with intimate knowledge of the inner workings of McCain's...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 10, 2007; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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Where McCain Stands Now

If you need to understand just how serious the damage is to Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign as a result of the resignations of two top strategists, you need only look at our earlier post on McCain's Inner Circle....

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 10, 2007; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
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Top Advisers Leave McCain Campaign

Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign took another serious blow Tuesday when two of his top strategists left the effort, prompting a series of rumors that McCain may be considering a withdrawal from the race. Terry Nelson, McCain's campaign manager,...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 10, 2007; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
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Endorsement Elite: Michigan Republicans

It's a testament to the uncertainties still present in the Fast Track Campaign there are at least three potential dates still in discussion for Michigan's Republican presidential primary. Currently, no primary date is set. Two bills are sitting in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
Categories:  '08 Endorsement Elite  
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4 GOP Senators To Be Targeted by DSCC Ads

In a move certain to stoke passions in this week's Senate debate over the war in Iraq, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will go up tomorrow with ads hitting at least four Republicans up for reelection in 2008. The commercials...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2007; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Senate  
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Franken Impresses (Again)

Regular Fix readers know that we have long been interested in the Senate candidacy of comedian turned politician Al Franken in Minnesota. Unlike many other entertainers who have run for office as a lark, Franken seems deadly serious about his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2007; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Fred Thompson and the Tennessee Money Machine

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson (R) seems likely to announce his candidacy for president this month, but journalists and rival campaigns will have to wait a while to see how much money he has raised, as Thompson's late entry into...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2007; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (253)
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