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The Fix: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

The ever-expanding House playing field

Unlike the tiny House playing fields of years past -- we remember back in 1998 and 2000 when there were only two dozen or so truly competitive contests -- the number of real races this November continues to grow.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 16, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (358)
 
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Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist and the politics of an independent bid

As Florida Gov. Charlie Crist continues to twist in the wind about his political future -- with scads of stories detailing whether or not he will ultimately run for the Senate as an independent -- former state House Speaker Marco Rubio's (R) campaign is leading the anti-Crist charge.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 16, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, United States Senate  
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First quarter fundraising winners and losers

Yesterday was the official filing deadline for federal candidates to file their first quarter fundraising reports -- detailing their donations and expenditures in the first three months of the year. With so many reports flooding in and what's contained in them likely to impact races around the country, we thought we'd dedicate our Morning Fix to a look at the early winners and losers from the first filing quarter. Away we go!

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 16, 2010; 5:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
Categories:  Morning Fix  | Tags: Arlen Specter, Mitt Romney, Pat Toomey, Robin Carnahan, Sarah Palin, Senate  
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Tommy Thompson says no to Wisconsin Senate race

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has decided against challenging Sen. Russ Feingold (D), robbing Republicans of their top recruit and likely removing the race from most target lists.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 15, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Democratic Party, Mark Neumann, Republican, Russ Feingold, Tommy Thompson  
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Jim Bunning, Rand Paul and the Fix Endorsement Hierarchy

Jim Bunning just pulled a Rudy. Big time. Bunning, the outgoing Republican Senator from Kentucky, threw his endorsement to ophthalmologist Rand Paul's candidacy to replace him on Wednesday and, in so doing, served up a heaping slice of revenge pie to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 15, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  Fix Endorsement Hierarchy  
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Jim DeMint: Leading the conservative revolution?

South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint (R) threw his endorsement behind Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck in the Colorado Senate race, the latest in a series of moves by DeMint to buck his party's establishment in contested contests.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 15, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Sarah Palin become an issue in KY-Senate primary

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson said today that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not currently qualified to be president, an admission that his Senate primary opponent immediately moved to exploit.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 14, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  Senate  
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Tommy Thompson to decide on Wisconsin Senate race tomorrow

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) will announce whether he will challenge Sen. Russ Feingold (D) in a speech tomorrow, a long-awaited decision that most Republican strategists believe will be "no".

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 14, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Senate  
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Why FL-19 isn't a health care referendum

In the immediate wake of soon-to-be Rep. Ted Deutch's (D) victory in a special election in Florida's 19th district on Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee released a statement casting it as a rejection of Republican claims that health care would set off an electoral cataclysm for the party.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 14, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  House  
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President Obama still sitting pretty in advance of 2012

Republicans have made up significant electoral ground since President Obama swept into office in November 2008 but the chief executive remains a clear favorite against all of his potential 2012 GOP opponents, according to a new national poll conducted for CNN by the Opinion Research Corporation.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 14, 2010; 5:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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National Republicans hammer on health care in PA-12

The National Republican Congressional Committee is up with an ad in Pennsylvania's 12th district special election that hammers Democrat Mark Critz for his support of the health care bill, a preview of the GOP attacks to come this fall on the issue.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 13, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
Categories:  House  
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Can Joe Sestak win?

Over the past several weeks, conventional wisdom has cemented around the idea that Rep. Joe Sestak is missing his opportunity to beat Sen. Arlen Specter in the May 18 Democratic primary, waiting too long to begin his paid media campaign to make up the necessary ground against the party-switching incumbent.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 13, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Senate  
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Republicans hold lead in generic ballot

The latest weekly tracking poll from Gallup showing Republicans holding a 48 percent to 44 percent lead in the generic ballot test -- the third straight week that the GOP has stood tied or ahead on the question -- represents the sort of historic anomaly that has to concern Democratic strategists heading into the fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 13, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  House  | Tags: Democratic, Gallup, Republican, United States midterm election  
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Retirement of SEIU president Andy Stern rocks labor world

Service Employees International Union president Andy Stern's expected retirement at the end of this week signals a changing of the guard atop one of the most politically powerful unions in the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 13, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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"Politics and Pints" is tonight!

Only a few hours separate us from "Politics and Pints" -- our monthly trivia night at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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The Sarcasm of Sarah Palin

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a well-received speech on Friday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, an address defined -- as almost all of her public pronouncements have been in the 18 months since she emerged on the national political scene -- by a stinging sense of sarcasm.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (510)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Romney wades into Hawaii special election, raises $1.5 million for PAC

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will throw his support behind Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou in advance of the May 22 special election, an endorsement that will draw further national attention to the increasingly competitive contest.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
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