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The Fix: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Utah Sen. Bob Bennett loses convention fight

Utah Sen. Bob Bennett lost his bid to be nominated for a fourth term Saturday, defeated at the state Republican Party convention amid a strong conservative sentiment that threatens to unseat other establishment-backed Republicans in the months to come.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 8, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (483)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Bennett loses, Bob bennett, Mike Lee, Tea party and utah, Tim Bridgewater, Utah Senator loses, Utah convention  
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RNC cleans house in finance department

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's firing of the two top finance people at the committee is meant to show movement in a positive direction after several months of negative stories about the organization's cash-collecting operation.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Live Fix chat: Numbers to watch for 2010, Hawaii special election and "Friday Night Lights" returns!

We spent an hour earlier today chatting online -- our favorite way to chat! -- with Fixistas about the pressing questions of the day: who is going to win the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic primary, is Hawaii going to elect a Republican Congressman and is there any show on television better than "Friday Night Lights"?

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Live Fix  
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Utah's Bob Bennett faces stiff political test Saturday

Polling continues to show a deeply anti-incumbent electorate -- just 32 percent of those tested in a recent Washington Post /ABC poll said they would re-elect their Member of Congress -- no Senator or House member has lost yet in the 2010 cycle. That could well change tomorrow as Utah Sen. Bob Bennett (R) enters the state party convention facing deep distrust (and anger) that could well lead to his defeat at the hands of a more down-the-line conservative.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  The Line  
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Examining the "birther" movement

A new Washington Post/ABC News national poll shows that slightly more than one in ten adults either believe or suspect that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States although that number jumps to one in three self-identifying Republicans.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (261)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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John Thune begins to raise his national profile

South Dakota Sen. John Thune will give two high-profile speeches to national Republican audiences over the next ten days, appearances that seem designed to raise his profile as he contemplates the possibility of a run for president in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 6, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  | Tags: 2012, John Thune, Republican, South Dakota, Tom Daschle, United States Senate, presidential race  
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Tom Perriello and the politics of principle

Ask freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D) what his votes in favor of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, cap and trade proposal and health care law mean for him politically and he readily admits he doesn't know.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 6, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  House  | Tags: Robert Hurt, Tom Perriello, Virgil Goode  
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Joe Sestak launches ad linking Arlen Specter to George Bush

With 12 days left before Pennsylvania voters head to the ballot box, Rep. Joe Sestak (D) has launched what he hopes will be a political death blow to Sen. Arlen Specter (D)-- an ad that details the party-switching incumbent's Republican past and casts his party switch in purely opportunistic terms.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 6, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Arlen Specter, Democratic, George W. Bush, Joe Sestak, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania, Republican Party, United States Senate  
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How many retirements is too many for Democrats?

The surprise retirement of Wisconsin Rep. Dave Obey on Wednesday brought the number of Democratic retirements to 17 -- short of the 20 Republicans leaving or running for other offices but still perilously close to the danger zone for Democrats in the 2010 midterms.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Did the establishment win or lose in IN, NC and OH?

Primaries in North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana produced a mixed result.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Wisconsin Rep. Dave Obey retires

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wisc.), a liberal lion first elected at the height of the Vietnam War in 1969, announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November -- a blow to Democratic chances of holding his northern Wisconsin seat.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  House  
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Why Pennsylvania's special election matters more

Within four days later this month, voters in Hawaii and southwestern Pennsylvania -- two locales thousands of geographic miles apart and even further separated culturally -- will head to the poll to pick replacement Congressmen in races that are already being analyzed for their impact on the national playing field this November.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  House  
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Primary night hands wins to party establishment

The establishment wing of both national parties scored wins in Tuesday's Senate primaries in Ohio and Indiana -- and, to a lesser extent, North Carolina.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Coats, Fisher win; NC-Senate to runoff

Former Sen. Dan Coats won the GOP primary nomination in Indiana tonight, a closer-than-expected victory in a race that had drawn significant attention from national conservative leaders.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2010; 9:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Senate  
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Twittering the OH, IN and NC primaries!

Polls will be closed in Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina within the next 90 minutes. And, yes, we are already getting excited about the results -- with a slew of competitive Senate and House primaries across the trio of states.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Twitter Time  
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Primary prediction contest!

Voters are voting in Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina! And, as always when actual ballots are being cast, we hold a primary prediction contest -- allowing Fixistas the chance to make their own calls about what will happen in various races around the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Senate  
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How do you solve a problem like Hawaii?

Over the past month, it's become increasingly clear that, unless something major changes, Democrats are likely to come up short in the May 22 special election in Hawaii's 1st district.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  House  | Tags: Barack Obama, Charles Djou, Colleen Hanabusa, Ed Case, Hawaii, special election  
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The Times Square arrest and the politics of national security

The arrest in the wee hours of the morning of Faisal Shazad in connection with the attempted bombing of Times Square will re-awaken the issue of terrorism -- although perhaps only briefly -- for most Americans with the 2010 midterm elections less than six months away.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2010; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
Categories:  White House  | Tags: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Terrorism, Times Square, United States  
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Primary Day: Five storylines to watch in Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina

Voters in Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina head to the polls today -- the first major primary day of the 2010 election season. Below are five storylines to keep an eye on in that trio of states as the votes get counted tonight.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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A few Fix Monday must-reads

We're taking it slow this afternoon after a VERY long weekend at the White House Correspondents Dinner. But, we never want to leave loyal Fixistas in a lurch so here are a few stories, items and various other miscellany worth reading:

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Fix Picks  
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Scott Brown's special election strategy

Today's Monday Fix column -- yes, we write for the dead-tree edition of the Post too! -- looks at Sen. Scott Brown's (R) decision to wade into the special elections in Hawaii and Pennsylvania and what it might mean for the man from Massachusetts' political future.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Senate  
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Republican hopes in Hawaii special rise with new poll

A new Honolulu Advertiser poll shows Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) with a high-single digit edge over his two Democratic opponents, numbers sure to thrill national Republicans with less than three weeks left before the special election.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
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House Democrats expand 2010 campaign team

House Democrats name 2010 campaign team

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 2, 2010; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  House  | Tags: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee  
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