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The Fix: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Pennsylvania special election could be 2010 pivot point

For months, the conventional wisdom about the coming 2010 midterm elections has been that Republicans are not only poised to make major gains this fall but that they also have a realistic chance of taking the chamber back.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
Categories:  The Line  
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Whither the GOP kingmakers?

A few months into primary season, the roster of 2012 Republican presidential wannabes has a decidedly mixed record in the endorsement game.

By The Fix  |  May 14, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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"Worst Week in Washington" Winnner

Alan Mollohan! Yes, the West Virginia Democratic Congressman is our inaugural winner thanks to his double-digit loss at the hands of a little known state senator in Tuesday's primary.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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President Obama scolds GOP, touts Democratic accomplishments

At a fundraising dinner in New York City last night that raised more $1.3 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, President Barack Obama cast the last 18 months as tough but necessary -- highlighting a series of accomplishments that he believes his party can take to the voters this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (211)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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What Will Dino Rossi Do?

The reports that Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) may be on the short-list for Solicitor General to replace Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan raises all kinds of possibilities for who might replace her if she gets the nod.

By The Fix  |  May 13, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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What happened to Arlen Specter?

A series of polls released over the last few days in the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic primary all point to a single indisputable fact: Sen. Arlen Specter has gone from heavy favorite to -- at best -- an even money bet in his race Tuesday against Rep. Joe Sestak.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Washington Post Political Blog Network is here!

A few years back, we started to build an internal list of political blogs based in the states that always gave us fresh and smart news and analysis about the goings-on across the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Blog Network  
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Immigration as an emerging electoral issue?

Immigration, thrust into the national consciousness following the passage of an Arizona law deemed by many to be the most restrictive in the country, is emerging as a potentially potent political issue this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (249)
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Thune steps into the spotlight

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) urged Republican candidates to get "in the arena" last night -- but deflected questions about whether he might be eyeing a presidential run in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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The Uncertainty of Incumbents: What do you say to voters?

For political time immemoriam, incumbents have relied on two tried and true messages to voters: "You know/trust me" and "I deliver".

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Worst Week in Washington

Always wish you could name the one person, place or thing that had the absolute worst week in Washington? Us too! Starting this week, we will be choosing who (or what) had the "Worst Week in Washington" (or WWW for short -- no one has used those initials for anything else, right?).

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Danger Incumbents Danger!

West Virginia Rep. Alan Mollohan's (D) resounding primary loss Tuesday night coupled with Utah Sen. Bob Bennett's (R) convincing defeat last Saturday should send a clear signal to any incumbent up for re-election this year: Brace yourself.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 12, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Alan Mollohan loses primary fight

West Virginia Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan lost his bid for a 15th term tonight to state Sen. Mike Oliverio, a defeat that further affirms the anti-incumbent sentiment coursing through the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2010; 9:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  House  
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Twittering the West Virginia primary, Georgia special election

With polls set to close in Georgia and West Virginia over the next 30 minutes, we'll be monitoring the results via "The Fix" Twitter feed. You can either sign up to follow it (yes!) or monitor the last 10 (or so) tweets below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Twitter Time  
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How much trouble is John McCain in?

For the last month, Sen. John McCain has been running his primary campaign against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth as if it was the final weekend of the 2008 presidential campaign.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
Categories:  Senate  
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Primary Day Primer: West Virginia, Georgia and Nebraska

Voters are voting today in three states: West Virginia, Georgia and Nebraska. Polls close in Georgia at 7 pm eastern, West Virginia at 7:30 pm eastern and in Nebraska at 9 pm eastern.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  House  
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Welcome the deputy Fixes!

Close readers of this blog may have noticed that beginning yesterday, there are two new names in the Fix universe: Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Alan Mollohan fights for his political life

Just days after Utah Sen. Bob Bennett (R) watched his political career ended by an unhappy party base, West Virginia Rep. Alan Mollohan (D) is hoping to avoid the same fate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
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Assessing the Bob Bennett fallout

Utah Sen. Bob Bennett's (R) defeat at his state party convention over the weekend immediately produced a huge reaction nationally -- a response that both overestimates and underestimates the impact of the loss.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 10, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  Senate  
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WaPo, ABC join forces on "Topline"

Starting today, the Washington Post is joining ABC News on their daily political webshow "Topline". The Fix got the honor of the being the first Post reporter on the show today. Topics included Sen. Bob Bennett's defeat, the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagen and the looming Pennsylvania primary between Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 10, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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House Democrats pull out of Hawaii special election

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced this morning that it will cease spending money in the Hawaii special election race set for later this month, a decision that almost certainly will hand Republicans a victory.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 10, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  House  | Tags: Charles Djou, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Ed Case, Hawaii  
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Elena Kagan to be Obama's Supreme Court pick

President Barack Obama will name Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a choice that comes 176 days before the 2010 midterm election and is freighted with potential political implications.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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