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The Fix: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Afternoon Fix: President Obama to campaign for Joe Sestak in Philadelphia; Meg Whitman leads Jerry Brown by 7

All the news you need to know from the day that was.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  September 3, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: Will Jan Brewer's debate performance be a game-changer?

Will Gov. Jan Brewer's debate performance alter her election chances this fall?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  September 3, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Haley Barbour sits atop GOP

The Fix breaks down the 10 most influential Republican leaders.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 3, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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RGA drops $2 million on ads in Florida

The Republican Governors Association is spending $2 million on ads hitting Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Mark Begich state director to Scott McAdams camp; NRCC names new Young Guns

The news you need to know from the day that was.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  September 2, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tim Pawlenty, homestate politics and the 2012 presidential race

A new poll shows a majority of Minnesotans don't want Tim Pawlenty to run for president. It may matter less than you think for his 2012 prospects, however.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 2, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Daily Fix Poll: Will Democrats lose the House?

Will Democrats lose their House majority this fall? Vote in the Daily Fix poll.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  September 2, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The enthusiasm gap (and seven races where it matters)

Voter enthusiasm could mean the difference between winning and losing in at least seven key races this fall, an analysis of Reuters/Ipsos polling data by The Fix shows.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  September 2, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations

Have a nominee for who had the "Worst Week in Washington"? Let's hear it.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 2, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Al Franken comes out of his shell

Slowly but surely, the Air America, Rush-Limbaugh-is-a-Big-Fat-Idiot Al Franken is making a comeback

By Aaron Blake  |  September 2, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Larry Sabato predicts a Republican House majority

In a report issued this morning, University of Virginia political handicapper Larry Sabato estimated that Republicans will pick up 47 seats in the House on Nov. 2, more than enough to restore the party to majority status at the start of the 112th Congress.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 2, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: RGA up with new ads in Hawaii; Bill Clinton to Arkansas for Lincoln

The news you need to know from the day that was.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 1, 2010; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: Could Sarah Palin win Iowa?

The news that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is making her first trip back to Iowa this month since she visited the state in December 2009 as part of her book tour has sent speculation of a potential Palin 2012 presidential run into overdrive.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  September 1, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mitch Daniels Inner Circle

A look at the people advising Mitch Daniels as he considers a run for president in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 1, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Can Social Security save Democrats this fall?

Democrats, faced with a worsening national political climate and daunting historical midterm election trends, are turning to Social Security as an issue where they score political points and set the stakes of what a Republican controlled Congress would look like to voters.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 1, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Lisa Murkowski loses, do Democrats sense opportunity?

Alaska attorney Joe Miller's (R) primary victory over Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) was confirmed late last night when the incumbent conceded the race -- the third Senator to lose a bid for re-nomination this year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 1, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alaska Sen. Murkowski concedes primary

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) conceded her primary race Tuesday night after she failed to close the gap on attorney Joe Miller in the ongoing vote-counting process.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 31, 2010; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Liveblogging President Obama's Iraq speech

President Obama speaks from the Oval Office tonight. And the Fix live blogs it!

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 31, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Palin to Iowa in September; Pawlenty orders state to decline federal health care cash

All the political news you need from the day that was.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 31, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democratic groups outspending Republicans so far this cycle

Democratic-leaning independent groups have spent about $3 million more than Republican-leaning groups this cycle to date, according to a Fix analysis of campaign finance data compiled by The Washington Post's T.W. Farnam and Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 31, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Sarah Palin goes to Iowa (and why it might matter less than you think)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's trip to Iowa for a Republican party fundraising dinner later this month will take already-rampant speculation about her interest in a 2012 presidential bid and drive it into the political stratosphere.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 31, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Daily Fix Poll: Iraq and the midterms

President Obama marks a major milestone in the Iraq war today when he delivers a prime-time Oval Office address -- only the second of his presidency -- acknowledging the end of U.S. combat operations in the country.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 31, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans take 10-point generic ballot lead (and what it means)

The latest weekly tracking poll from Gallup gives Republicans a 10-point edge on the generic ballot, the party's largest lead ever -- yes, ever -- in the poll's more than six decades of asking the question in midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 31, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: No Libertarian bid for Murkowski; Tea Party Express to go up against Mike Castle in Delaware

All the political news you need from the day that was.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 30, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: Should national parties get involved in primaries?

Daily Fix Poll: Should national parties get involved in primaries?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 30, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Charlie Crist's political gymnastics

How will Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's (I) political maneuvering play out in the Sunshine State's Senate race?

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 30, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How Sharron Angle can (still) win

The Fix looks at five ways that Sharron Angle can still beat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 30, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joe Miller: 'There certainly is an effort to skew the results still going on'

Alaska attorney Joe Miller (R) said Monday that, even with the National Republican Senatorial Committee having pulled out of Alaska, shenanigans continue to mar the vote-counting process in his primary challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

By Aaron Blake  |  August 30, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Susana Martinez leads N.M. governors race

Doña Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez (R) leads New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D) in the Land of Enchantment's gubernatorial race (D), according to a new survey released over the weekend.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 30, 2010; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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