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The Fix: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

Clinton Ups the Ante in Wisconsin

UPDATE 5:20 p.m. ET: Barack Obama's campaign is showing it will not stand down in the increasingly vituperative ad war with Hillary Rodham Clinton ahead of Wisconsin's primary on Tuesday. Obama's campaign is now on the Badger State airwaves with...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (387)
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On Superdelegates and Momentum

Over the past two weeks, superdelegates have emerged from the political shadows -- becoming in short order the most heavily targeted 800 (or so) people in the country by the two remaining Democratic presidential candidates. {View a full list of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 15, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Friday House Line: Republican Retirements Galore

Over the past decade, House incumbents have grown close to unbeatable. The combination of a 2001 nationwide redistricting that largely sought to protect each party's current membership and the ever-more costly price of campaigns has made it damn near impossible...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 15, 2008; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
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SEIU Makes it Official

******************************* UPDATE: SEIU made it official in a conference call this afternoon -- they are endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.). "This is about more than one election. It's about building for the next generation of America," said SEIU President Andy...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  February 15, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Fix Pick: On Reporters and Voting

This week's Potomac Primary brought to the fore one of the most contentious questions in the world of political journalism: Should reporters vote? Almost every political reporter for the major newspapers, magazines and cable television outlets calls Virginia, Maryland or...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 14, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (234)
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What Does the Romney Endorsement Mean?

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will endorse John McCain's bid for the Republican presidential nomination this afternoon, a move that could well bring a formal end to the fight for the GOP nod. During the course of the campaign, Romney...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 14, 2008; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Should Hillary Go Negative?

Amid all of the armchair quarterbacking that has gone on over the past eight days about what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) should do to turn around her campaign, one solution that doesn't seem to come up much is perhaps...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 14, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
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McCain's Inner Circle -- Revisited

Roughly one year ago, The Fix started to look at the closest advisers to each of the declared or potential presidential candidates -- the men and women tasked with winning the nomination for their White House hopeful. John McCain right,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 14, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
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Governors Coalescing Behind McCain

Sen. John McCain will speak to a gathering of Republican governors later this month, a telling signal that even many of former governor Mike Huckabee's (Ark.) colleagues are lining up behind the Arizona senator in the fight for the GOP...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 13, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Potomac Primary: Winners and Losers

The big winners in last night's Potomac Primary were, of course, Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), both of whom scored a sweep, winning in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. But, aside from the obvious, who...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 13, 2008; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
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How-To Guide For a Clinton Comeback

Hillary Rodham Clinton's larger-than-expected defeats at the hands of Barack Obama in Tuesday's Potomac Primary left the New York senator battling the idea that her campaign has lost crucial momentum in the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination. Just 20...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 13, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama, McCain Sweep Potomac Primaries

Barack Obama and John McCain swept to victories in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia in Tuesday's Potomac Primary, wins that seem likely to create even more momentum for Obama and even more of a sense of inevitability about...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2008; 10:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton's Deputy Campaign Manager Steps Aside

Mike Henry, deputy campaign manager for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has resigned, according to a source familiar with the decision. Henry tendered his resignation yesterday morning but worked the last two days on a volunteer basis. His departure is...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2008; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Wins Virginia

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) won a convincing victory in the Virginia Democratic primary -- boosting the Illinois senator's chances at a sweep in tonight's Potomac Primary. County-by-County Results Polls in the District of Columbia close at 8 p.m. ET. The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2008; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Few Questions Before Polls Close

Polls close in Virginia in less than two hours (7 p.m.) and in Maryland and the District of Columbia 60 minutes later. While Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are expected to roll to victories in Maryland and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The 'Other' Potomac Primaries

Amidst the massive coverage of today's Potomac Primary on the presidential level, it's easy to forget that two House incumbents in Maryland face the very real possibility of losing their seats. Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R) and Al Wynn (D) find...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Potomac Primary Prediction Time!

Today marks the much-anticipated Potomac Primary: Voters in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia head to the polls today to register their choice for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. Sen. Barack Obama addresses the Democratic Party of Virginia's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 12, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton vs. Obama on Electability

In a just-concluded conference call, Mark Penn, a senior strategist for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) campaign, argued that his candidate alone is positioned to beat Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the fall thanks to her past ability to fight...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 11, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (273)
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Endorsement Hierarchy: The Obligatory Endorsement

Regular Fix readers know about our Endorsement Hierarchy chart -- an attempt to rank the importance of endorsements from most to least important. This chart is constantly being refined as we attempt to provide Fix readers with the definitive list...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 11, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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FixCam Week in Preview: Potomac Primary

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By Chris Cillizza  |  February 11, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
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Clinton Campaign Manager Steps Aside

Patti Solis Doyle, the campaign manager for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) presidential bid, has stepped down from that post and will be replaced by longtime Clinton operative Maggie Williams. "This week Maggie will begin to assume the duties of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2008; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (314)
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