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The Fix: January 20, 2008 - January 26, 2008

Further Thoughts On S.C. and What Lies Ahead

Barack Obama's landslide win in South Carolina was apparent early on tonight, leaving The Fix ample time to tiptoe through the exit polls in an attempt to dissect just what happened in the Palmetto State. Barack Obama waves to the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 26, 2008; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (196)
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Florida Gov. Crist Endorses McCain

Even as the political class was digesting the news of Sen. Barack Obama's (Ill.) overwhelming victory in South Carolina's Democratic primary, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) scored the endorsement of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) -- a major development in advance...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 26, 2008; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Wins South Carolina

County-by-County Results Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) has won an overwhelming victory in South Carolina's Democratic primary thanks to a huge margin among black voters who made up more than half of the state's electorate. More thoughts on the huge...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 26, 2008; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Big Night in S.C.

Polls close in South Carolina in less than two hours and the Fix community is in a predicting frenzy about who will win tonight's Democratic primary. But, since still have 90 minutes or so to kill, we thought we'd offer...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 26, 2008; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Prediction Time: South Carolina

It's that time again! Political Geography of S.C. Voting has already begun in today's South Carolina Democratic primary -- the last meaningful contest before the tsunami of states set to vote on Feb. 5. That means this is one of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 26, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (299)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Clinton vs. Obama on MLK Day

Earlier this week, Fix readers were asked for their take on the speeches Hillary Rodham Clintonand Barack Obama delivered on Sunday to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. We asked which candidate you thought conveyed the most compelling message...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 25, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Line: So Much For Our 50-Days Out Predictions

Back in November, when 50 days remained before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, The Fix penned extended looks at the state of the Democratic and Republican nomination fights and speculated about how the races might play out over the month...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 25, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republican Debate Wrapup: Comity Reigns

Content with where their campaigns stand heading into next Tuesday's Florida Republican primary, the five GOP candidates almost entirely avoided any real contrasts with each other in tonight's debate in Florida despite the best efforts of the moderators of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2008; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans Play Nice, Hit Clinton

The five Republicans gathered on stage tonight for the final Republican presidential debate largely avoided direct criticism of each other in the first half of the proceedings, choosing instead to return to an old hobbyhorse -- attacking Sen. Hillary Rodham...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2008; 9:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Economy Dominates Early Going

With the yo-yoing stock market as a backdrop, talk of an economic downturn and today's compromise between Congress and President Bush to stimulate the troubled economy dominated talk in the earlier moments of tonight's Republican debate in Boca Raton, Florida....

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2008; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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FixCam: Republican Debate Preview

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Why Kucinich Dropped Out Now

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) brought his quixotic bid for the Democratic presidential nomination to a close Thursday afternoon, citing his recent exclusion from a debate in Nevada and a desire to continue to serve in Congress as the main reasons...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2008; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Measuring the Bill Effect

Days before the South Carolina Democratic primary and less than two weeks before the potentially decisive Feb. 5 Super Tuesday contests, former President Bill Clinton and his aggressive, hard-edged advocacy of his wife has emerged as THE issue in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain and the Closed Primary Challenge

The idea of Sen. John McCain as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination has taken hold in the political world. Polls across the country -- both in key Feb. 5 states and national surveys --show McCain has moved to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
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Revisiting Readers' Nev. and S.C. Predictions

Over the weekend, Fix readers were asked to predict how things would turn out in the Nevada caucuses and the South Carolina GOP primary. The prize? The rarely seen -- and even more rarely won -- official Fix t-shirt. Politics...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 24, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Giuliani's Missed Opportunity

Just hours after the conclusion of the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's two main rivals in the Jan. 29 Florida vote seemed to hand him an issue on a platter. Hurricanes have...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 23, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
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Mo. Gov. Race in Chaos After Blunt Announcement

The surprise retirement of Gov. Matt Blunt (Mo.) has set off a free for all in Missouri as scads of Republican elected officials, members of Congress and leaders in the state legislature eye a chance to move up to the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 23, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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HRC Taking a Pass on S.C.?

Thus far each of the Big 3 candidates for the Democratic nomination -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards -- have competed all-out for wins in the early primary states. But, heading into South Carolina's primary vote this...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 23, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt Won't Seek 2nd Term

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt (R) is not running for a second term as the Show Me State's chief executive this year, setting off a scramble to succeed him. Matt Blunt, right, outlines his health care plan during a Jan. 17...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 22, 2008; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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With Thompson Out, Who Benefits Most?

The decision by former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson to end his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination removes a conservative voice from the field even as the remaining Republican candidates crisscross Florida in search of votes in advance of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 22, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thompson Ends Race, Immediate Endorsement Unlikely

Former senator Fred Thompson (Tenn.) dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination today, following months of lackluster campaigning and chaos within his campaign organization. "Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States," Thompson...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 22, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Veepstakes: Let the Speculation Begin!

The news that former senator John Edwards (N.C.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) huddled for 20 minutes or so following Monday night's debate in South Carolina stoked speculation that perhaps the duo were discussing the potential of sharing a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 22, 2008; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wag the Blog: On Speeches and Substance

To honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) spoke at two of the high profile African-American churches in the country on Sunday. Clinton addressed the Abyssinian Church in Harlem; Obama took...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 22, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democrats Bring Debate Fireworks to S.C.

The three leading Democratic presidential candidates drew sharp contrasts on both policy and personal matters in tonight's debate in South Carolina, engaging in the sort of spirited back and forth that had been largely absent from previous gatherings. Clinton and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 21, 2008; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Few More Thoughts on Tonight's Debate

We're not liveblogging this debate -- in hopes of being able to watch the candidates closely and provide some analysis later -- but as the proceedings continue I thought I would offer a few thoughts to ponder over the final...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 21, 2008; 9:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama and Clinton Clash in Personal Terms

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) clashed in unusually personal terms in the first thirty minutes of tonight's debate in South Carolina, a continuation of the ramped-up rhetoric that has dominated the campaign trail over the past...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 21, 2008; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democratic South Carolina Debate Preview

When the three Democratic presidential candidates gather tonight for a debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the tension in the room will be palpable. The days leading up to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) victory in the Nevada caucuses were filled...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 21, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Thoughts On Nevada and South Carolina

The Fix NEVER stops thinking about politics. But, after a good night's sleep and a rustle through the exit polling numbers we feel a little bit better equipped to analyze the events of yesterday in the broader context of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 20, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (215)
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