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The Fix: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Republican National Committee closes July with just $5 million on hand

The Republican National Committee spent twice as much as it raised in July, leaving the committee with just over $5 million on hand with less than three months left before the 2010 midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2010; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Senate campaign committees near even in cash; Pat Quinn and AKPD part ways

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee took in $4.4 million and spent $3.5 million July, leaving it with $22.5 million cash on hand. In the same period, the Republican National Senatorial Committee raised $4.2 million and spent $2.6 million, giving it $21.2 million in the bank.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 20, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: Who is the weakest GOP Senate candidate?

Daily Fix Poll: Who is the weakest GOP Senate candidate?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 20, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Worst Week in Washington" winner: President Barack Obama

After dodging the "award" for more than three months, President Barack Obama is our choice for the "Worst Week in Washington" winner

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The expanding Senate playing field

The Fix expands our list of competitive Senate races from ten to 15!

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tim Pawlenty collects cash for candidates in Oregon, Nevada

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will raise money for two aspiring gubernatorial candidates on the West Coast today as he continues to use his role as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association to boost candidates this fall and help position himself for a near-certain run for president in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: White House: Obama is "a committed Christian"; Donnelly touts anti-Pelosi stance

The White House released a statement reiterating that President Obama is a "committed Christian" and noting that he "doesn't wear (his faith) on his sleeve."

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 19, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: Why do people think Obama is Muslim?

The news today that nearly one-in-five Americans believe that President Obama is a Muslim reveals that the persistent untruth that began during the 2008 campaign has taken root in some significant segment of the American public.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 19, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kendrick Meek: Jeff Greene lacks record, vision

Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek said today that billionaire real estate developer Jeff Greene, his rival for the Democratic Senate nomination next Tuesday, does not have the qualities necessary to effectively represent Floridians in the world's greatest deliberative body.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 19, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Betty Sutton and the Big Spender

The Fix takes an in-depth look at Ohio's 13th district race where Rep. Betty Sutton (D) is trying to beat back a serious challenge from wealthy car dealer Tom Ganley (R).

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Worst Week in Washington': The nominations!

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

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Confusion grows about Obama's religion

There is widespread -- and growing -- confusion about President Barack Obama's religious affiliation with one in five Americans now saying (incorrectly) that he is a Muslim, according to a new national poll conducted by the Pew Research Center.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2010; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Romney endorses in Colorado, Wyoming and Washington; Carnahan slams Blunt on bailout

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is endorsing and making contributions to nine new Republican candidates in Colorado, Washington and Wyoming.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 18, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The wrong year to have a famous political name

A political name just isn't worth what it used to be.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 18, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Senate Democrats' Florida Conundrum

Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek's (D) growing strength in advance of his Democratic primary Senate fight against billionaire investor Jeff Greene (D) presents an interesting conundrum for many establishment Democrats who have long believed that their best chance of winning the seat rests on the independent candidacy of Gov. Charlie Crist.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 18, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: The New York City mosque and the Republican Party

As the controversy surrounding President Obama's remarks on the proposed Ground Zero mosque and Islamic center continues to roil both parties, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart poked a little fun at the president's apparent wavering on the issue in a segment earlier this week.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 18, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mitt Romney's unswerving economic focus

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney penned an op-ed in today's Boston Globe blasting President Obama's economic policies and, in so doing, provided yet more evidence of his laser-like focus on financial matters as he prepares to challenge the incumbent in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 18, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sen. Patty Murray to face Dino Rossi in Wash. general election

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will face former GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi (R) in November after they were the top two vote-getters in Washington's primary on Tuesday.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 17, 2010; 11:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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For Rod Blagojevich, conviction is a victory

A federal jury in Chicago found former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich guilty of a single count of lying to federal agents but deadlocked over the other 23 charges against him, a major victory for the Illinois Democrat who has long maintained his innocence.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 17, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Obama "respects the right of anybody" on mosque issue; Kirk, Giannoulias split

Asked about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's position on the proposed ground zero mosque, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said that President Obama "respects the right of anybody" to disagree.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 17, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What you need to know about the NRCC and DCCC ad buys

The National Republican Congressional Committee is putting its money where its mouth has been for a long time and going on the offensive. It said Tuesday that it is set to reserve ad space in 41 districts, including 40 districts currently held by Democrats.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 17, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: Would you campaign with President Obama?

If you were a candidate running in a swing district/state, how would you handle President Obama?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 17, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michael Bloomberg, Joe Sestak and the Fix endorsement hierarchy

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak today. Where does the endorsement rank in the Fix endorsement hierarchy?

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 17, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Endorsement Hierarchy  
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David Paterson expects to meet soon with mosque developers

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will meet with the imam and developer of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero "later this week" to discuss the possibility of re-locating the development, according to Rep. Peter King (R).

By Jason Horowitz and Chris Cillizza  |  August 17, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What to watch for in Washington and Wyoming primaries

Voters are voting in two western states today -- Washington, where Sen. Patty Murray (D) is running for a fourth term, and Wyoming, where Republicans face a heated four-way battle in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 17, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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American Crossroads launches ads in Colorado, Ohio Senate races

American Crossroads, the conservative outside organization that has pledged to raise upwards of $60 million on the midterm elections, is spending nearly $1 million on new television ads in the Colorado and Ohio Senate races.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Harry Reid opposes Ground Zero mosque; Rick Scott ad takes on Obama

AFTERNOON FIX: Your p.m. political briefing on what you might have missed -- and what you shouldn't miss.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 16, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Should Democrats run with or from President Obama?

Should targeted Democrats run with or from President Obama on the campaign trail this fall?

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 16, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Can Republicans hold 30 governors seats after the November election?

Republicans are primed for big gains in both the House and Senate, but what about governor's races?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 16, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why the mosque matters (and why it might not)

President Barack Obama's decision to wade into a debate about whether to allow a mosque to be built in the vicinity of the site of the Sept.11, 2001 attacks in New York City has elevated the issue significantly in the national consciousness and left many Democratic strategists concerned about the impact it might have on a fall election already looking dismal for their side.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 16, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: What's next for Congressional Democrats?

From the economic stimulus package and health care reform to financial regulatory reform and border security, congressional Democrats have had a marathon session thus far.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 16, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike Huckabee, Iowa frontrunner?

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the 2012 field in a survey of Iowa caucus-goers conducted for the Iowa Republican website by GOP pollster Jan van Lohuizen.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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