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The Fix: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

"Worst Week in Washington": And the winner is...

Davis began the week as the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and ended it pledging that his political career was over.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (303)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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The rhyme and reason of Sarah Palin's endorsements

After a stretch in which an endorsement from Sarah Palin was considered a rarity, the former Alaska governor has become something of an endorsement machine as of late. In the past week alone, she's endorsed four candidates, ranging from a tea party contender for Senate in her home state of Alaska to the GOP establishment favorite for Iowa governor.

By The Fix  |  June 4, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
Categories:  Eye on 2012 , Governors , House , Senate  
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Andrew Romanoff says he won't turn White House job overtures into political hay

Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff said he doesn't plan to use the White House's "dangling" of a job offer as a political trump card this summer.

By The Fix  |  June 4, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Senate  
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Blanche Lincoln calls on Bill Clinton to close Senate runoff

Just days before Arkansas Democrats will decide her fate at the ballot box, Sen. Blanche Lincoln is launching an ad featuring former President Bill Clinton in a last-gasp attempt to stave off the onrushing Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Sharron Angle: Nevada Senate frontrunner?

New polling out today show former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle surging to a lead in the Republican Senate primary, a month after she was polling in the single-digits.

By The Fix  |  June 3, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  Senate  
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VIDEO: Fix on Romanoff story (and what it means)

The Fix's Chiris Cillizza discusses -- on video! -- the implications of the White House's dangling of a trio of jobs in hopes of getting former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff out of the state's Senate race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  White House  
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Rep. Jane Harman aims to avoid anti-incumbent tide

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is taking no chances as a liberal primary challenger looks to make her the latest victim of an anti-establishment fever permeating the country.

By The Fix  |  June 3, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  House  
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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations

It's been a short week in the nation's Capital thanks to Memorial Day but that doesn't mean we can't pick the person, place or thing that had the absolute "Worst Week in Washington".

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Assessing the political fallout of the Andrew Romanoff revelation

Former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff's admission last night that he spoke with a top White House official about the potential of a job if he dropped his primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet marks the second time in the last three weeks that the Obama Administration's political operation has been thrust into an unwelcome public spotlight.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2010; 6:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (179)
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Andrew Romanoff details contacts with White House over potential jobs

Former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff released a detailed explanation of his contacts with the White House last fall as a top aide to President Barack Obama sought to convince him to leave the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Winners (and the losers) from June 1 primaries

It was a VERY late but interesting night at Fix headquarters as Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico voted. Alabama provided enough spills and thrills for all three states as voters ousted party switching Rep. Parker Griffith and handed Rep. Artur Davis, who entered the day as a clear favorite in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, a large-scale loss.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Mark Kirk struggles to answer résumé questions

In the wake of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's struggles to explain past misstatement about his military record, Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk is now on the defense about a discrepancy in his resume regarding an honor he claimed to have received.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  Senate  
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Sarah Palin backs Murkowski primary opponent

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has endorsed a long-shot GOP primary challenger to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, calling attorney Joe Miller the state's "true commonsense conservative choice."

By The Fix  |  June 2, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  Senate  
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GOP seeks to re-create Joe Sestak job drama in Colorado

Days after the White House was forced to release a detailed reckoning of its involvement in trying to urge Rep. Joe Sestak out of his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter, the prospect of a similar controversy has begun to brew in Colorado.

By The Fix  |  June 2, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  White House  
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Alabama voters shake up status quo (again)

Alabama voters added their names to a growing list of those who are mad as hell at establishment politicians and not going to take it anymore. Party switching Rep. Parker Griffith was stunned by Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks in the northern Alabama 5th district while Rep. Artur Davis, long touted as a rising star nationally in the Democratic party, was soundly defeated in a gubernatorial primary by state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Party switcher Parker Griffith, Rep. Artur Davis lose in Alabama primaries

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks crushed Rep. Artur Davis in the Democratic primary for governor, ending Davis' hopes of becoming the state's first black governor.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2010; 12:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Governors  
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Mark Kirk campaign ad makes false claim about his military service

Rep. Mark Kirk, the GOP candidate for the Senate seat once held by President Obama, misrepresented his military record as recently as last summer, according to a two-minute Web video for Kirk's campaign that resurfaced Tuesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  June 1, 2010; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Mark kirk award, mark kirk military, mark kirk officer of the year  
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Tweeting tonight's primaries in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico

Results in the Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico primaries won't start rolling in for another 90 minutes (or more) but as they do, we will be monitoring the proceedings throughout the night.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Will the oil spill impact the Louisiana Senate race?

Rep. Charlie Melanconhas emerged as one of the public faces of the oil spill in the Gulf, raising the question of whether his heightened profile will help or hurt him in his challenge against Sen. David Vitter (R) this fall.

By The Fix  |  June 1, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Senate  
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Primary prediction contest!

As voters stream -- we hope -- to polling places in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico today, it's time for a time-honored Fix primary day tradition: predicting the winners!

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Governors , House  
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Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico primaries: What to Watch For

Voters are voting in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico today! Since polls don't close in Alabama and Mississippi until 8 pm eastern -- and in New Mexico at 9 pm eastern -- you'll need some of that good political stuff to chew on between now and then.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Governors , House  
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The electability argument and the California Senate race

One week from the Republican primary fight for the right take on California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), a fight over electability has broken out.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
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Ed Case opts out of Hawaii race

Former Hawaii Rep. Ed Case (D) announced Sunday night that he will not be a candidate for the 1st district seat he had run for in a special election earlier this month.

By The Fix  |  May 30, 2010; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
Categories:  House  
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