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The Fix: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Sen. David Vitter cruises to easy victory in primary

Sen. David Vitter cruises to easy victory in primary

By Aaron Blake  |  August 28, 2010; 8:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Afternoon Fix: Crist's health care flip-flop; Lugar urges Daniels to run for president

Afternoon Fix: Crist's health care flip-flop; Lugar urges Daniels to run for president

By Aaron Blake  |  August 27, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: The Republican Party and the Glenn Beck rally

Tomorrow's Glenn Beck rally, like the "tea party" movement on the whole, poses a tricky dilemma for the Republican Party.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 27, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A good August for Democrats in governors races but trouble looms in Midwest

August may have been the Democratic Governors Association's best month of 2010, which, of course, isn't saying all that much given the struggles the party has endured sop far this year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 27, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Senate Democrats go negative early (and often)

Amid growing concern over retaining their Senate majority, Democrats are skipping the pretense and, in many cases, taking the unusual step of going negative with their first ads.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 27, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Van Hollen to hit Republicans for 'destructive' agenda

In a speech this morning in Washington, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chris Van Hollen (Md.) will offer a rebuttal to House Minority Leader John Boehner's remarks earlier this week in Ohio -- making the case that it is Republicans, not Democrats, who would move the country backwards economically and otherwise if put back into power.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 27, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Pat Toomey grows lead to nine; Harry Reid and Sharron Angle bludgeon each other

A look at all the news you missed -- and what you shouldn't miss -- today.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 26, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Worst Week in Washington": The nominations!

The Fix is looking for nominations for who had the "Worst Week in Washington". Bring. It. On.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: What will be the impact (if any) of Bobby Bright's remarks about Nancy Pelosi?

House Democrats in conservative-leaning districts across the country have been struggling with the question of how far to distance themselves from Democratic leaders in Congress. But perhaps none has distanced himself quite as much as Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 26, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and the empathy strategy

What Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's (D-S.D.) ad tells us about the 2010 midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ad Wars  
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Who is "Americans for Prosperity"?

The news today that Americans for Prosperity is launching about $500,000 worth of new TV ads in Arizona targeting Democratic Reps. Ann Kilpatrick, Harry Mitchell and Gabrielle Giffords is the latest indication that conservative advocacy group is slated to be a major player in the November midterms.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 26, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Republican lawyer heads to Alaska for Lisa Murkowski

Sean Cairncross, the general counsel of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, is headed to Alaska at the request of Sen. Lisa Murkowski to help provide guidance to her as she finds herself trailing attorney Joe Miller by roughly 2,000 votes.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dueling polls in Colorado Senate race

Two new polls present variant pictures of the the race between appointed Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D) and Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck (R), one of the marquee contests on the ballot this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Murkowski awaits defeat, Shumlin claims victory, and Buck leads by nine

Afternoon Fix: Murkowski awaits defeat, Shumlin claims victory, and Buck leads by nine

By Aaron Blake  |  August 25, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lisa Murkowski vs. Sarah Palin, and the search for other political family feuds

Back when former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) made her surprise endorsement of Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) little-known primary opponent in June, both Palin and Murkowski denied that there was any bad blood between them.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 25, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rand Paul, Eastern Kentucky and the drug epidemic

Kentucky Senate nominee Rand Paul (R) has run into problems in recent days over comments regarding drug use in the Bluegrass State, an issue that Democrats are using to cast the GOP candidate as out-of-touch.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 25, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: What's to blame for Lisa Murkowski's apparent loss?

Theories abound as to why Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) appears to be going down to defeat in Tuesday's primary.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 25, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Winners and losers: The August 24 primary edition

The Fix offers our winners and losers from the Aug. 24 primaries

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winners and Losers  
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How Lisa Murkowski (might have) lost

The stunning news that developed over night in Alaska -- with 84 percent of precincts reporting, attorney Joe Miller (R) leads Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) 51 percent to 49 percent -- reveals the depth of anti-incumbent sentiment in the country, the power of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (and the tea party movement) and the perils of prognostication in low turnout intraparty fights.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lisa Murkowski fights for her life; John McCain easily wins Arizona primary; Kendrick Meek, Rick Scott win Florida races

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) was on the verge of becoming the third Senate incumbent ousted in a primary this cycle as her underfunded challenger, attorney Joe Miller, took a stunning and unexpected lead in the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2010; 4:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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August 24 primary live blog

The Fix live-blogs the August 24 primaries tonight!

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: AFL-CIO snubs Lincoln; DSCC goes after Buck on 17th Amendment

Afternoon Fix: AFL-CIO snubs Lincoln; DSCC goes after Buck on 17th Amendment

By Aaron Blake  |  August 24, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix primary prediction contest: The Arizona and Florida edition!

August might be slow in official Washington -- we walked out for lunch yesterday to find the streets all but deserted! -- but primaries in Arizona, Alaska, Florida, Vermont and, yes, even runoffs in Oklahoma today ensure that the political season remains fast-paced as ever.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ken Buck on the 'tea party': I absolutely want their support

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck (R) today heralded the role of the "tea party" movement in helping him win his party's nomination in the Colorado Senate race earlier this month.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 24, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: How will Boehner's economic speech play out among voters?

In a speech at the City Club of Cleveland earlier this morning, House Minority Leader John Boehner reiterated the Republican Party's call for an extension of the Bush tax cuts, criticized the administration's stimulus spending and called for the ouster of President Obama's entire economic team.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 24, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John Boehner pledges $50 million fall ad campaign

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that his goal is to stockpile $50 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee's independent campaign for the November midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Whither Sarah Palin? (And four other storylines to watch in today's primaries)

Outside of the candidates on the ballot today, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin probably has the most to gain or lose with the results of today's voting,

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Reid hits Angle on eliminating DOE; McCollum and Meek lead down the stretch

Reid hits Angle on eliminating DOE; McCollum and Meek lead down the stretch

By Aaron Blake  |  August 23, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Primary turnout shows big GOP enthusiasm edge

Three-fourths of the way through the 2010 primaries, the so-called "enthusiasm gap" appears to be playing out across the country, with turnout in GOP contests exceeding previous highs and beating Democratic turnout by unprecedented margins in many top states.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 23, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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The best (positive) campaign ad of the cycle?

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) is out with a new ad in his bid for the state's open governorship that perfectly captures the anti-politician sentiment coursing through the electorate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 23, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chuck Hagel and the "me for me" endorsement

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) will throw his support behind Rep. Joe Sestak's (D) Senate candidacy tomorrow, the latest in a series of out-of-state surrogates getting behind the Pennsylvania Democrat.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 23, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Endorsement Hierarchy  
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Fix Daily Poll: Will 2010 be another 1994 for Democrats?

As The Fix examined in today's paper, there's no shortage of parallels between the current electoral environment and the one that faced Democrats in 1994.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 23, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John McCain's $21 million campaign

Sen. John McCain has raised and spent better than $21 million in advance of tomorrow's primary fight against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a massive amount of money that has helped to virtually ensure that the Arizona Republican win win easily.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 23, 2010; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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