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The Fix: March 2, 2008 - March 8, 2008

House Dems Score Special Election Upset

Physicist Bill Foster (D) defeated dairy magnate Jim Oberweis (R) in the Illinois special election to replace former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R), a win that reinforces the perils facing House Republicans at the ballot box this fall. With 99...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 8, 2008; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Obama Wins Wyoming Caucuses

Barack Obama today defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Wyoming Democratic presidential caucuses, a victory that comes just four days after he fell short in Ohio and Texas. David Plouffe, campaign manager for Obama, called Wyoming a "very important win"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 8, 2008; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's Blueprint for Victory

Earlier this week, we laid out the blueprint Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) could follow to win the nomination. Today we offer a nomination-winning blueprint for Sen. Barack Obama. Agree or disagree with our assessment? The comments section awaits. THE...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 7, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blakeman Leaves Freedom's Watch

Later today, Bradley Blakeman will step aside as president of Freedom's Watch, an independent conservative organization expected to play a major role in the 2008 election. "I will stay through transition and then I will go back to my consulting...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 7, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Friday House Line: A Special Special Election in Illinois?

Tomorrow's special election in Illinois' 14th District could hold vital clues about the kind of election we'll see in the fall. The seat -- being vacated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) -- should be a relatively easy hold...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senate Democrats Hire Spend-meister

Jim Jordan, a longtime party strategist, will manage Senate Democrats' independent expenditure program for the fall elections -- a position from which he will direct tens of millions of dollars of spending on television ads, phone banks and direct mail....

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 6, 2008; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Senate  
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FixCam: Is May 6 the New Super Tuesday?

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By Chris Cillizza  |  March 6, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Clinton's Blueprint for Victory

The conclusion of the Ohio-Texas Two-Step has spawned a series of strategy memos and conference calls from the campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.), as each candidate's team tries to put a favorable spin on the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 6, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (585)
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Senate Republicans Lose Candidate in New Jersey

Remember last week's Senate Line in which we praised Republicans for finding self-funding candidates to challenge potentially vulnerable Democratic incumbents in New Jersey and South Dakota? Well, scratch that -- at least in New Jersey. Developer Anne Evans Estabrook removed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2008; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Ohio-Texas Two-Step: Winners and Losers

What a night! In a presidential campaign that at every turn has rejected conventional wisdom, yesterday's voting in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont showed the two parties moving in vastly different directions. For Republicans, the primary race came to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2008; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who Won?

The Fix, up WAY after his bedtime, is turning in for the night. Here's where things stand. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has won primaries in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island. Senator Barack Obama (Ill.) has won the Vermont primary...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2008; 1:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (227)
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Clinton Wins Ohio; Promises to Continue the Campaign

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is halfway to claiming victory in the Ohio-Texas Two-Step, having been declared the victor over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in the Buckeye State primary. Clinton's win in Ohio was confirmed by the television networks, Edison-Mitofsky,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2008; 11:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Huckabee's Out; McCain Officially GOP Nominee

Former governor Mike Huckabee (Ark.) bowed to the inevitable tonight, dropping from the Republican presidential race and ensuring that Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) will represent the party in the fall election. Huckabee ended the campaign as he started it --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2008; 9:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Ohio Update: Inside the Exits

Polls across Ohio -- with the exception of Sandusky County -- have now closed, but exit polling suggests the Democratic race is too close to call. A look at those exit polls reveal a deeply divided Democratic electorate in Ohio....

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2008; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Ohio-Texas Down To The Wire

The polls close in less than an hour in Ohio. Until then we wait. Here's our preview story...stay tuned for regular updates as polls in states close across the country....

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2008; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ohio-Texas Two-Step: Afternoon Update

Voting has been underway for hours in Texas and Ohio (as well as in Vermont and Rhode Island) in what is widely regarded as the most consequential vote of the Democratic presidential primary fight between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
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Ohio-Texas Two Step Predictions!

So, it all comes down to this. After more than two months of primaries, caucuses and even the occasional state convention, today's contests in Ohio and Texas (as well as Rhode Island and Vermont) may offer the clarity the political...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2008; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Picks: Inside the Clinton Campaign

There is no more fascinating story for the truest of political junkies than the inner workings of a presidential campaign. Vast operations with budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars are built on the fly, Senior level staffers and consultants...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Plouffe: Math, Not Momentum

David Plouffe, Sen. Barack Obama's (Ill.) campaign manager, argued that regardless of the results of tomorrow's Ohio-Texas Two-Step, his candidate would retain a considerable pledged delegate lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) -- a development that would further imperil...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Penn Credits "3 AM" Ad With Momentum

UPDATE, 3 pm: Following up on their conference call earlier today, the Clinton campaign released a memo entitled: "Why Hillary Clinton is Ready to be Commander-in-Chief." In the memo, Mark Penn, the chief strategist for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2008; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (238)
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FixCam Week in Preview: Ohio-Texas Two-Step Time!

UPDATE, Noon: A number of people have complained that they can't possibly choose a Fix theme song without hearing each of them. We are a service-oriented blog so links to each are below. Make sure to vote. Coldplay "Fix You"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2008; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wag the Blog: Clinton on Saturday Night Live (Special Sunday Edition)

When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) disappeared from the campaign trail without warning yesterday, the rumor mill began churning. Had a cold or the flu knocked her down just 96 hours before the biggest votes of her political life? Did...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (506)
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