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The Fix: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

"Worst Week in Washington" Winner: Gen. David Petraeus

Gen. David Petraeus is the winner of the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" competition this week.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (377)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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The most important number in the midterms

Midterm elections -- particularly the first midterm of a president's first term in office -- tend to be nationalized, serving as an early referendum on how the chief executive is doing in the eyes of voters.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  The Line  
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Conservatives on the rise?

After two election cycles in the political wilderness, conservatives appear to be rallying in advance of the 2010 midterm election.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 25, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Lisa Murkowski gives tea party another opening, but can it cash in?

Tea Party activists have played a central role in nominating their preferred candidates in the Senate races in Kentucky, Nevada and Utah so far this year. Their next target: Alaska.

By The Fix  |  June 24, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Senate  
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Obama, the decider

President Barack Obama's decision to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his oversight of the Afghanistan war on Wednesday was painted by his allies -- and many in the media -- as a prime example of strong and decisive leadership.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 24, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (226)
Categories:  White House  
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Rand Paul's balancing act

At an intimate grassroots fundraiser last night - his first public appearance in Washington since winning the Kentucky Senate nod last month -- Rand Paul warmed up the crowd with a wry reference to his rocky debut on the national stage.

By The Fix  |  June 24, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Senate  
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Environmental groups poised to spend $11 million on climate ads

Four liberal groups are planning an $11 million campaign beginning next week on ads designed to pressure Senators on the need for comprehensive energy reform.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 24, 2010; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Major parties increasingly wary of third-party governor candidates

Long dismissed as inconsequential to final electoral outcomes, several third party candidates running for governor this year are drawing considerable attention from the two major parties due to their presumed impact on November races.

By The Fix  |  June 23, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
Categories:  Governors  
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'Worst Week in Washington': A Stanley McChrystal landslide?

Who had the "Worst Week in Washington"? The Fix is accepting nominations!

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Winners and Losers: South Carolina, North Carolina Utah primaries/runoffs

The Fix picks his winners and losers from the primaries and runoffs in Utah, North Carolina and South Carolina on Tuesday night.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Winners and Losers  
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Nikki Haley's star rises

South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley's easy victory in the state's gubernatorial runoff Tuesday is sure to establish her as the newest rising star in the GOP ranks and a coveted 2012 endorser.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
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Nikki Haley wins South Carolina primary, Rep. Bob Inglis loses

South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley cruised to the Republican nomination for governor tonight, a victory that makes her not just the frontrunner for the office this fall but a likely national GOP star.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2010; 12:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  Governors  
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Live-blogging the North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah elections

The Fix live-blogs the primaries and runoffs tonight in North and South Carolina as well at Utah.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Primary Day Prediction Contest!

Another primary day is here and, with it, another Fix prediction contest!

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Are runoffs necessary?

Voters going to the polls in two states today -- North and South Carolina -- are casting ballots for the second time in as many months in elections where turnout is estimated to fall somewhere between a dismal two to 17 percent.

By The Fix  |  June 22, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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Primary/Runoff Day in Utah, South and North Carolina: What to Watch For

Voters are voting in North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah today! As always on election days, we aim to bring you the best guide to the political day: our what to watch for guide as results begin to stream in tonight.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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Wal-Mart Moms and the Midterms

A new nationwide survey shows that "Wal-Mart Moms" -- a voting bloc coveted by both national parties -- are deeply conflicted about President Barack Obama and the coming midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2010; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Are liberals falling out of love with Obama?

In the wake of President Barack Obama's Oval Office address to the country last Tuesday, a narrative has been on the march: liberals, the people who served as the electoral backbone for his candidacy in 2008, have fallen out of love with the chief executive.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (244)
Categories:  White House  
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Undecideds run high in Utah Senate primary

Former Congressional candidate Tim Bridgewater (R) holds a nine-point lead over businessman Mike Lee (R) heading into tomorrow's Senate primary, according to a poll released over the weekend.

By The Fix  |  June 21, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Senate  
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Republicans' internal poll strategy

House Republicans have unleashed a slew of internal polls in recent days, seeking to put the country but, more accurately, the media and its donor base, on notice the playing field for the fall is rapidly expanding.

By The Fix  |  June 21, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  House  
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Republicans' enthusiasm about 2010 midterms at historic high

New data from Gallup today suggests that Republican voters are significantly more enthusiastic about the 2010 midterm elections than in years past, further evidence of an energized GOP base heading into the fall campaign.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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