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

Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?

Barack Obama used his first press conference since winning the presidential election earlier this week to sound a reassuring note on the economy even while acknowledging that he has limited tools at his disposal to turn things around before he...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
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The Best Senate Ads

Earlier this week, we listed our favorite ads from the presidential campaign that was. Today we tackle the best of the best from the Senate races. Our picks are meant as a conversation starter so feel free to agree or...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Friday Line: Republican Governors on the Rise

As the GOP charts its post-election course, some see leadership coming from the Republican governors, including Haley Barbour (Miss.), Mark Sanford (S.C.), Sarah Palin (Alaska), Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) and Bobby Jindal (La.). One of the few bright spots for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2008; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Republican Party , The Line  
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Plouffe to the Senate?

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe speaks to the media in the spin room after the vice presidential debate at the Field House of Washington University's Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Ten Facts You Need To Know About Rahm Emanuel

Barack Obama's decision to name Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff ensures that myriad profiles of the man they call "Rahmbo" will be written in the days and weeks to come. Here at The Fix we aim...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2008; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Emanuel Accepts Job as Obama's Chief of Staff

Newly installed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and President-elect Barack Obama. Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast of the Associated Press llinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has accepted the job as President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, a move...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (333)
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The State of the Senate

UPDATE, 5:30 pm: The Minnesota Senate race continues to tighten. Al Franken now trails Sen. Norm Coleman by just 336 votes -- and the race seems more likely than ever to go to a full manual statewide recount later this...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2008; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Obama Transition Trail Mix

With rumors constantly flying about the newest faces in President-elect Barack Obama's Administration, we at The Fix are launching a feature -- at least through his swearing in early next year -- that seeks to gather the latest and greatest...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Wag the Blog: What Should Obama's First Priority Be?

The White House is seen in the morning light, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. AP Photo by Ron Edmonds Any objective look at Tuesday's election results reveals that Democrats scored gains across the board (although the gains were slightly less...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2008; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
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The RNC Chair Fight Begins

UPDATED, 5:55 p.m. ET: Since we wrote this post, a number of other names have been floated including three who seem all but certain candidates: current Republican National Committee Chair Mike Duncan, former Maryland Lieutenant Gov. Michael Steele and Chip...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 5, 2008; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Political Take: Obama Wins, What's Next?

Barack Obama's historic win will soon -- sooner than you think -- give way to talk of his transition and to how he will govern when he is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009. The Fix and the Post's Dan...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 5, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Rahm Emanuel Mulling Obama Job Offer

President-elect Barack Obama wasted no time in making his first personnel move, asking Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel to serve as his chief of staff. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the fourth ranking Democrat in the House, is...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 5, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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2008 Election: Winners and Losers

Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States. John McCain will not, likely capping a long and well-decorated political career with a loss. Democrats will expand their majorities in the House and the Senate. Republicans will be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 5, 2008; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (227)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Governors , House , Senate  
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Obama Rides 'Change' Message To The Presidency

Barack Obama becomes the first African American to wwin the presidency, changing the political map in the process. Barack Obama's victory tonight affirms a fundamental re-shaping of the electoral map that has dominated American politics for the better part...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Obama Inches Closer

As we reach 10 p.m. ET, Barack Obama appears to be on the path to 270 electoral votes and the presidency. The major dominoes to fall over the last hour -- Pennsylvania and Ohio for Obama -- as well as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Ohio Falls to Obama

Ohio, the state in which Democrats' hopes for the presidency fell short four years ago, has gone for Barack Obama in this election -- a hugely important symbolic and practical victory for the Illinois senator. Ohio was called for Obama...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama, Senate Democrats Add To Totals

It's 9 p.m. -- do you know who the next president is? The answer: not yet. But, things continue to look quite good for Barack Obama. Polls have now closed in 80 percent of the country although results will be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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Presidential Update: Red America

Anyone watching at home tonight will immediately notice something odd: although, as of 9 p.m. ET, polls in 40 of the 50 states will have closed, very few states have been called for either Barack Obama or John McCain. (For...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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McCain's Blue State Problem

Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, the only blue states that John McCain was targeting in the final week of the campaign have gone for Barack Obama, according to the exit poll consortium tasked with calling races for the television networks and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Presidential Update: No Alarms, No Surprises

Ninety minutes after polls began to close on the east coast, two states have been called in the presidential contest -- neither of which is shocking or particularly revealing. In Barack Obama's column is the solidly Democratic Vermont while John...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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IN-Gov: A Bright Spot for Republicans

In an election night widely expected to be filled with bad news for Republicans up and down the ballot, the reelection victory by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) provides a welcome bright spot. Daniels's win over former Rep. Jill Long...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Call Him Senator Warner

Mark Warner, after casting his ballot at Lyles Crouch Schoolin Alexandria, Va. on Tuesday. (Getty Images) In what has to be the easiest Senate victory in modern memory (with the possible exception of Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh in 1998),...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Pennsylvania: Watch Chester County

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), during an appearance moments ago on MSNBC, predicted that Barack Obama would emerge with a 650,000-vote edge out of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs -- an analysis that has set off speculation that John McCain...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reading the National Exit Poll

The first data of today's election has emerged in the form of the national exit poll. The news? No surprises. President George W. Bush remains strikingly unpopular among broad swaths of voters today with just 27 percent approving of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Fix's Election Night Viewer's Guide

The big day is here! Voters are voting! We'll be providing updates throughout the night on The Fix -- news! analysis! insight! you'll laugh! you'll cry! -- but in the long dark tea time between now and when the polls...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Governors , House , Senate  
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Thank You (And Two Notes on the Future of The Fix)

Here's a little secret most politicos won't tell you: election days are notoriously boring. Many permanent members of the political class play golf or go out to long lunches. The most common activities? Kibbitzing about what is going to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 4, 2008; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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The Fix Ad Contest: The Best Presidential Ads

Over the next week (or so), we'll be rolling out the awards for the best and the worst ads of the 2008 election. To ensure we were comparing apples to apples, we have broken the competition into three categories: presidential,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 3, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
Categories:  Ad Wars , Eye on 2008  
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Democrats Carry Big Generic Ballot Lead

House Democrats appear poised to gain 20 or more seats in tomorrow's election. Washington Post photo On the eve of the 2008 election, House Democrats enjoy their largest lead since 1980 in Gallup's generic ballot question -- a sign...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 3, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
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The Final Fix Electoral Map

>2008 Election Contest: Pick Your President - Predict the winner of the 2008 presidential election. After two years of following every jot and tittle of a presidential race that has had more twists and turns than this political junkie could...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 3, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (204)
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Sunday Afternoon Fun: The Best Band in the World

Wilco, led by Barack Obama-loving frontman Jeff Tweedy, appeared on "The Colbert Report" earlier in the week and even found a way to make mention of the host of the show. Hat tip: Philadelphia based music man (and Democratic strategist)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 2, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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McCain Sells His Campaign on "SNL"

Yet again proving its primacy in this presidential campaign, "Saturday Night Live" featured John McCain last night in its opening skit -- where he and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (played, as always, by Tina Fey) hawked campaign wares on QVC....

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 2, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
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