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The Fix: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Charles Djou, Republicans capture Hawaii House seat

Results in the special election to replace former Rep. Neil Abercrombie in Hawaii's 1st district will begin to be announced at midnight eastern time.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2010; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
Categories:  House  
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Romanoff, Buck win Colorado assembly races

Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff defeated appointed Sen. Michael Bennet at the Colorado Democratic assembly this afternoon.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2010; 9:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Senate  
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Andrew Cuomo announces run for NY-Gov

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) made it official this morning: he's running for governor this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Governors  
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Pat Toomey insists Obama's agenda on the line in Pennsylvania

After a contentious Democratic primary that often revolved around issues of character and trust, the two general election contenders in Pennsylvania -- Rep. Joe Sestak (D) and former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) -- have promised voters a campaign focused squarely on the issues.

By The Fix  |  May 21, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
Categories:  Senate  
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Who's the most influential Republican leader?

After a very long -- but fascinating -- week, we turn our attention to ranking the 10 most influential Republican leaders operating in the party at the moment.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 21, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
Categories:  The Line  
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"Worst Week in Washington": And the winner is...

The winner of the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" contest is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 21, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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House Republicans try to stop bleeding from PA special election loss

House Republicans are trying to quickly pivot away from a devastating loss earlier this week in a Pennsylvania special election, using their fundraising totals announced Thursday and the prospect of a win in a Hawaii special over the weekend as the leading edge of an argument that they retain real momentum heading into the fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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What Democrats won (and what they didn't) in PA-12

Pennsylvania Rep.-elect Mark Critz (D-Pa.) and the Democrats won a big special election victory on Tuesday. But did the Democratic agenda win too?

By The Fix  |  May 20, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Rand Paul's political problem

Less than 48 hours removed from his landslide victory in the Republican primary race, ophthalmologist Rand Paul find himself embroiled in a controversy over his position on the Civil Right Act -- a firestorm Democrats have seized on in an attempt to end the open seat contest before it ever started.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 20, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (379)
Categories:  Senate  
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Buck, Romanoff look to wins at Colorado assembly

This week's wins by Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in Pennsylvania and ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) in Kentucky were the clearest sign yet that voters this year are set on rejecting establishment candidates in favor of fresh faces.

By The Fix  |  May 20, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Senate  
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Blanche Lincoln, Bill Halter prepare for Arkansas Senate runoff

In the wake of the primary race in Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter sought to quickly pivot to a June 8 runoff with two very different views of what Tuesday's results meant.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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DNC Chair Tim Kaine casts the Tea Party as "corrosive and divisive"

As analysis begins in earnest about what ophthalmologist Rand Paul's (R) landslide victory in Kentucky means for the role of the Tea Party on the national stage, Democrats are quickly moving to cast the movement as a force for division.

By The Fix  |  May 19, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Winners and Losers from the May 18 primaries

The primaries last night in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Arkansas and Kentucky -- not to mention a special election in the Keystone State! -- provided political junkies (like us) with weeks worth of data points through which to sift in search of clues about the coming midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 19, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations!

It's only Wednesday but there are already a panoply of potential choices for the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington".

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 19, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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How (and why) Arlen Specter lost

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's defeat at the hands of upstart Rep. Joe Sestak made him the second Senate incumbent to lose an intraparty battle in the 2010 elections -- the largest number since four incumbents fell in 1980.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (245)
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Joe Sestak defeats Arlen Specter, Rand Paul wins, Democrats claim victory in PA special election

Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Senate primary, a large-scale political upset that ends the career of one of the enduring figures in Pennsylvania politics.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 18, 2010; 11:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (240)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Democratic Party, Dick Cheney, Jack Conway, Kentucky, Republican, Ron Paul  
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Kentucky primary: Grayson accuses Paul supporters of intimidating voters

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is accusing ophthalmologist Rand Paul's (R) campaign of conducting a "widespread voter interrogation scheme" as voters go to the polls today in the primary for retiring Sen. Jim Bunning's (R) seat.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 18, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Battlegrounds  | Tags: kentucky primary race, trey grayson rand paul, voter intimidation kentucky  
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Richard Blumenthal tries to answer Vietnam questions

Connecticut state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's press conference this afternoon -- aimed at answering questions about his Vietnam service raised by a story in the New York Times -- made clear that the likely Democratic Senate nominee will fight for his political life.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  Senate  
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Primary Day Prediction Contest

Voters are voting in four states -- Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oregon -- today! Election days are notoriously slow and news-less -- as opposed to election nights, which are incredibly busy -- so what better way to wile away your day than to make your predictions about what's going to happen!

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  House , Senate  | Tags: Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania  
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Mark Souder to resign after affair

Indiana Rep. Mark Souder (R) will resign his congressional seat after an affair with a staffer came to light, he said in a statement this morning.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (314)
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Incumbent Armageddon?: What to watch for

Welcome to the biggest primary day of the 2010 cycle -- voters are voting in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Arkansas and Oregon. We'll have full coverage throughout the day (and night) right here on the Fix but in the meantime here's five storylines to keep an eye on.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
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Vietnam allegations threaten frontrunning Blumenthal in CT-Senate

The New York Times' story detailing Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal's repeated misstatements about his service in Vietnam -- he received five deferments and never served in the country, according to the paper -- has the potential to fundamentally reshape the Nutmeg State Senate race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 17, 2010; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Connecticut, Linda McMahon, Richard Blumenthal, Rob Simmons  
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"Topline" on Super Senate Tuesday

Earlier today we appeared on "TopLine" the ABC News/Washington Post web video collaboration that streams live EVERY DAY from noon to 12:15. Bookmark it!

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 17, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  House , Senate  | Tags: Arkansas, Arlen Specter, Blanche Lincoln, Joe Sestak, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Rand Paul, Trey Grayson  
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Who will Palin's future "mama grizzlies" be?

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told a breakfast of the Susan B. Anthony List last Friday that 2010 will be "remembered as the year that common-sense conservative women get things done for our country."

By The Fix  |  May 17, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  | Tags: Harry Reid, Jane Norton, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ken Buck, Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Sue Lowden  
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Republicans try to pin Penn. Senate on President Obama

President Barack Obama isn't stopping in Pennsylvania for the stretch run of the state's contested Democratic Senate primary but national Republicans are already trying to hang the results on him anyway.

By The Fix  |  May 17, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Arlen Specter, Barack Obama, Democratic, Joe Sestak, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican, United States Senate  
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Trey Grayson embraces the establishment

In an election where candidates are running away from the "politician" label as fast as they can, Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R) is going against the grain -- touting his support from the Kentucky political establishment in hopes of overcoming the outsider challenge from opthalmalogist Rand Paul in tomorrow's Kentucky GOP Senate primary.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 17, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Senate  
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Specter, Sestak try to close the deal in PA Senate race

With less than 48 hours remaining in their Democratic primary fight, Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak sought to make their final arguments to Pennsylvania voters during dueling appearances on CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Morning Fix  | Tags: Arlen Specter, Barack Obama, Joe Sestak, Muhlenberg College, Pat Toomey, Philadelphia  
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