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The Fix: November 25, 2007 - December 1, 2007

Obama Hits Stride and Leads Clinton In New Iowa Poll

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As The Fix trekked back and forth on ice-slicked roads to a series of Democratic presidential forums today one thing became very clear: Barack Obama is hitting his stride. At both the Heartland Forum Saturday afternoon...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2007; 11:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Union Leader to Endorse McCain?

Rumors are flying fast and furious that the Manchester Union Leader newspaper is planning to endorse the presidential candidacy of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in its Sunday edition The Fix has heard the endorsement is a done deal from at...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2007; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Romney Slams Huckabee as 'Lifelong Politician'

Mitt Romney seeks to paint Mike Huckabee as a political insider who lacks the sort of private sector experience to be an effective president. -- Chris Cillizza

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2007; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Romney Surrogate Pushes Anti-Rudy, Anti-Huckabee Messages

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- At a gathering of the Iowa Christian Alliance here last night, James Bopp Jr., a leading social conservative activist and supporter of Mitt Romney's presidential bid, said that a vote for any candidate other than Romney in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2007; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Greetings From the Hawkeye State

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Fix has landed in the frigid capital city of Iowa for a few days of on-the-ground reporting. Today The Fix along with post.com wunderkind Ed O'Keefe will dash to Dubuque for an event with former...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  November 30, 2007; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Line: GOP Exodus From House Puts Party on Defense

Retirements continue to plague House Republicans' chances at gaining seats in the 2008 election with two new open seats in New Jersey entering the Line this month. As I wrote in an article for the Post earlier this week, the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 30, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Fix Pick: 'Good Bill vs. Bad Bill'

Trying to understand what benefit former president Bill Clinton brings to his wife's campaign for president is a delicate business. Hillary Clinton's campaign never addresses the matter publicly and looks askance at stories that seek to understand the relationship between...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2007; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans Debate: Winners and Losers

Last night's Republican debate in Florida provided plenty of fodder for folks like The Fix. The candidates unloaded on one another time and time again, a sign that voting is just around the corner in crucial states like Iowa, New...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2007; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ACU President David Keene Endorses Romney

Less than 24 hours after former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) jousted with his rivals over his conservative credentials at the CNN/YouTube debate in Florida, he is set to receive the endorsement from American Conservative Union President David Keene. Keene said...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2007; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans Battle in Florida

The eight Republican candidates for president engaged in a rhetorical free-for-all tonight with frontrunners and long shots alike challenging one another over their conservative credentials and seeming inconsistencies in past public statements. The most prominent -- and important -- disputes...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 28, 2007; 10:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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CNN/YouTube Republican Debate Preview

As Republicans gather in Florida for another presidential debate, expectations are high that the heated rhetoric of late on the campaign trail will spill over into tonight's festivities. The harshest exchanges in recent days have come from the two co-favorites...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 28, 2007; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Why (and How) Huckabee Can Win Iowa

The rise of Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee in the Iowa polls over the past month reveals (yet again) the incredible level of fluidity that exists in the GOP nomination fight. Huckabee shows off his shooting skills on the campaign...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 28, 2007; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
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Obama Invests in Feb. 5 Strategy

When 2008 morphed into the fast-track campaign, it was broadly assumed that the slew of big states holding primaries on Feb. 5 would play into the hands of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Her name recognition alone, this theory held,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 28, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Indiana: An Emerging Purple State?

It's easy to forget amid the granular coverage of the primary horserace that once the nominees are chosen -- some time in late January or early February-- we will be faced with the longest general election in modern political history....

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 27, 2007; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Are Mississippi Democrats Preparing to Fight?

Hours after Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) issued a statement declaring next November as the date for the special election to replace resigning Sen. Trent Lott (R), the state Democratic Party appears ready to challenge Barbour's reading of election law....

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 27, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
Categories:  Senate  
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FixCam: Political Week In Preview

After taking a back seat to the Democrats for the past month or so, the Republican presidential candidates are the story this week with Wednesday night's CNN/YouTube debate as the focal point. -- Chris Cillizza

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 26, 2007; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Update: Special Election Announced for Lott's Seat

UPDATE, 1:30 pm: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) announced moments ago that a special election to fill the remaining four years on Sen. Trent Lott's (R) term will happen next November, effectively ruling out the possibility of a 90-day special...

By Eric Pianin  |  November 26, 2007; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  Senate  
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