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The Fix: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

For Iowa's Bob Vander Plaats, a new fight on the horizon

By Felicia Sonmez Former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats's announcement today that he is launching a campaign to unseat three of Iowa's Supreme Court justices is a smart political decision that ensures that the three-time gubernatorial contender will remain...

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 6, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Fix Daily Poll: What will be the impact of the Missouri health care referendum?

71 percent of primary voters in Missouri voted this week in favor of Proposition C, which rejects the federal health care law's mandate that individuals buy their own insurance.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 6, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The costliest primaries of 2010

With the dozens upon dozens of primaries held this year in all these House, Senate and governor's races, which ones have really done bona fide damage to the party holding them?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 6, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Tennessee House primary breaks Club for Growth's winning streak

The Club for Growth had a perfect record this cycle -- until last night's win by attorney Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee's 3rd district Republican primary for the seat of Rep. Zach Wamp (R).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 6, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moderate Democrats face peril

A new poll set to be released Friday by the anti-abortion rights group Susan B. Anthony List shows a trio of moderate Democrats who supported the health-care bill in real trouble in key races this year, including Indiana Senate candidate Rep. Brad Ellsworth and two Rust Belt freshmen.

By Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez  |  August 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bill Haslam wins GOP nomination for governor in Tennessee

Updated at 12:08 p.m. By Aaron Blake Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam ran away with the Republican nomination for governor of Tennessee on Thursday, beating a field that included Rep. Zach Wamp and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. With 6 percent of...

By Aaron Blake  |  August 5, 2010; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House  
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Michael Bennet, John McCain and the positives of going negative

Should Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) have followed Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) playbook?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 5, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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As Hawaii Democrats battle, RGA goes up with ads

House Republicans aren't the only ones stretching the map beyond the Lower 48, as the Republican Governors Association is set to go up with ads in Hawaii.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 5, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Daily Poll: Ethics headaches for Democrats

President Obama's visit to Chicago today to stump for Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) shines the spotlight once again on the battle for the president's former Senate seat -- as well as the ethical troubles of the man who allegedly tried to sell that seat, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 5, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The return of social issues

Don't look now, but social issues could be making a comeback this year.

By Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez  |  August 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Daily Poll: What should Dick Wadhams do in Colorado?

What should Colorado GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams do about the state's governor's race?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 4, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Palin makes her most surprising endorsement yet

Sarah Palin made what is perhaps her most quixotic endorsement to date on Wednesday, backing businessman Brian Murphy over former Gov. Bob Ehrlich in the Maryland GOP primary for governor.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 4, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Winners and losers: Michigan, Missouri and Kansas primaries

It was a late night for The Fix - and not because we were tossing and turning over the fate of Bristol and Levi's romance, Brett Favre's future with the NFL, orShark Week.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 4, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winners and Losers  
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Independents flocking to Linda McMahon in Connecticut Senate race

A new Quinnipiac poll shows that former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) has significantly cut into Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal's (D) lead in the open-seat race to succeed Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama rallies Michael Bennet supporters as Colorado Democratic primary tightens

President Obama addressed a tele-town hall on behalf of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) last night, the latest signal that the White House is seriously concerned about the possibility that its preferred candidate might lose to his upstart rival, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D), in the Aug. 10 primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Snyder wins in Michigan, Moran in Kansas; Rep. Kilpatrick loses primary

Self-funding businessman Rick Snyder (R) will face Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (D) in the Michigan governor's race, and Rep. Jerry Moran (R) is very likely to become the next senator from Kansas after defeating fellow Rep. Todd Tiahrt in their primary.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 3, 2010; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Lieutenant governors struggling to climb the food chain

If you think it's tough being a governor these days, trying being his or her No. 2.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 3, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Daily Poll: Democrats, George W. Bush and the "tea party"

At a press conference last week, national Democrats including Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine unveiled plans for a midterm strategy that would link Republican candidates to the "tea party" movement.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 3, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fundraising chart: Governors edition

We're not sure how many ways we at The Fix can say it: If you're not paying attention to the many contentious governor's races this year, you really should be. And we're here to help.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 3, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Governors , Republican Party  
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Dino Rossi, Patty Murray ad wars heating up

The Washington Senate battle is beginning in earnest as Sen. Patty Murray (D) and former state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) are launching two new TV spots ahead of the Aug. 17 primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 3, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans regain generic ballot edge

Republicans have regained an edge in Gallup's generic ballot question, a development that suggests that the Democratic uptick seen in recent weeks may have been somewhat anomalous.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 3, 2010; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Martin Frost, Tom Davis say House majority is in play this fall

Former Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Martin Frost (D-Texas) - two former chairmen of the Republican and Democratic congressional campaign committees -- handicapped this fall's races during an appearance on ABC/The Washington Post's "Top Line" program.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 2, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama vs the Congressional Black Caucus?

President Barack Obama's relationship with members of the Congressional Black Caucus is being tested over a series of high profile incidents, the latest of which is the ethics investigation into New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 2, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rob Simmons up with second TV ad in re-started Senate campaign

Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R) is up with his second TV ad since he suspended his Connecticut Senate bid, a 30-second spot that highlights his commitment to service.

By The Fix  |  August 2, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Daily Poll: Anthony Weiner and the politics of rage

New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's diatribe on the House floor regarding a health care bill for those who worked close to ground zero on and after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has turned him into a national media sensation.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 2, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Andrew Romanoff surges in Colorado Senate

Appointed Sen. Michael Bennet is in real jeopardy in the Aug. 10 Colorado primary, according to a new independent poll released over the weekend.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 2, 2010; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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