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The Fix: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

"Worst Week in Washington" winner: Robert Gibbs!

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs wins the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" award!

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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"Live Fix" Chat: Harry Reid, Gibbs vs Pelosi and more!

We spent an hour earlier today fielding questions from Fixistas from around the country about the Nevada Senate race, the Robert Gibbs versus Nancy Pelosi drama and, of course, our projection of the five most compelling sports teams in the D.C. area in five years time.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  Fix Notes , Live Fix  
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Follow the Money: House/Senate fundraising charts

Here's the Fix's sortable chart detailing who raised what in the second fundraising quarter.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Can Republicans take back the Senate?

Can Republicans win the Senate majority this fall? Yes, maybe.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  The Line  
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Joe Manchin picks Carte Goodwin to replace Byrd

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) has selected his former general counsel, Carte Goodwin, as a temporary appointee to the Senate, according to a knowledgeable Democratic source.

By The Fix  |  July 16, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Senate  
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Harry Reid takes the lead over Sharron Angle in Nevada

A new independent poll shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) opening up a seven-point edge over former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle -- by far the most encouraging survey of this election cycle for the top ranking Senate Democrat.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 16, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
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Can Joseph Cao win?

The day after Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao's (R) December 2008 win in Louisiana's second district, House Minority Leader John Boehner sent a memo to House Republicans declaring: "The future is Cao."

By The Fix  |  July 15, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  House  
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Chet Traylor: Vitter has not been an "effective" senator

Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) eleventh-hour primary challenger said today that he entered the race because voters "want another viable alternative" to the incumbent senator.

By The Fix  |  July 15, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Senate  
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Gulf Oil spill fades as issue

Even as BP works to (finally) cap the leaking pipeline in the Gulf Coast, there is new polling data out of Gallup that shows the American public has begun to turns its gaze away from the oil spill and back to the state of the economy.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  White House  
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Rob Simmons downplays talk of Senate reentry (and for good reason)

Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) sought to throw some water Thursday on the smoldering speculation about whether he will re-enter the Connecticut Senate race.

By The Fix  |  July 15, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Senate  
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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations!

Vote now in the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" competition.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Mitch McConnell previews Republican message for the fall

In a speech to a group of young Republicans today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) will cast the GOP as the party of change and checks and balances -- a preview of the Republican message heading into the fall campaign.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2010; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
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How Jan Brewer won (on immigration)

The debate over the rightness -- and legality -- of Arizona's immigration legislation rages on nationally but in the state the law's political impact is beyond question -- catapulting Gov. Jan Brewer (R) from also-ran to frontrunner in the fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 14, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
Categories:  Governors  
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McInnis's Colo. gubernatorial bid derailed by plagiarism charges

Former Rep. Scott McInnis's (R-Colo.) gubernatorial campaign is in a fight for its life as charges of plagiarism have led to questions of whether he can stay in the race.

By The Fix  |  July 14, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Governors  
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Obama's erosion among white voters continues

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows President Barack Obama's standing among white voters continuing to slip, a potentially ominous sign for his party with the midterm elections fast approaching.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 14, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (374)
Categories:  White House  
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Democratic prospects look good in West Virginia special election

The West Virginia special election to replace late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) is rapidly taking shape with Gov. Joe Manchin expected to name an interim Senator by Friday and announce his own run sometime soon after that even as Republicans grow more pessimistic about the likelihood of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) entering the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 14, 2010; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Robert Bentley clinches Republican nod for governor in Alabama

Alabama Republicans selected their nominee for governor tonight, handing state Rep. Robert Bentley a come-from-behind victory over former state Sen. Bradley Byrne.

By The Fix  |  July 13, 2010; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Governors , House  
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Senate Republicans' open seat money edge

Republican candidates are continuing to dominate financially in key open seat Senate races while Democratic incumbents remain a fundraising bulwark for the party's majority status with less than four months left until election day.

By The Fix  |  July 13, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Senate  
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The White House, the House and the impact of a majority in the balance

Assessing the impact of Robert Gibbs' comments about the House being in play this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (351)
Categories:  House , White House  
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Choose your own House race: Ohio's 13th!

Ohio's 13th district race between Rep. Betty Sutton (D) and auto dealer Tom Ganley (R) wins the Fix's "Choose your own House race" competition.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  House  
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Americans ready to "look around" in the fall election

Six in ten Americans say they are likely to look around for someone new in the fall election according to the latest Washington Post/ABC national poll, an ominous sign for incumbents with the 2010 midterms less than four months off.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2010; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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David Vitter's primary: Another nuisance for the incumbent, a boon for Democrats

If Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) can somehow pull an upset of Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) this November, he may well look back on Friday as the turning point.

By Aaron Blake  |  July 12, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Senate  
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Alabama candidates spar over outside group's role in runoff

Six weeks after Alabamans went to the polls in the state's primary, they'll vote again Tuesday in a runoff to decide the Republican nominee for governor -- and the result could be a surprising upset.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 12, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Governors  
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AFL-CIO goes in the field in 23 states

The AFL-CIO is launching the first stage of its field operation for November's elections, dropping more than 300,000 flyers at worksites in 23 states over the next two weeks.

By Aaron Blake  |  July 12, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
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