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The Fix: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Afternoon Fix: Colbert stuns congressional subcommittee; NRCC goes after four incumbent Democrats

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

By Chris Cillizza  | September 24, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Worst Week in Washington" winner: Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter wins the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" award.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 24, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The amazingly unpredictable independent voter

A new national poll from the Pew Research Center shows that independents have swung drastically in support of Republicans since 2008 but the support of these unaffiliated voters is remarkably fluid and could well switch again prior to the next presidential election.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 24, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party, Republican Party  
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Daily Fix Poll: What did you think of Stephen Colbert's testimony?

Daily Fix Poll: What did you think of Stephen Colbert's testimony?

By Aaron Blake  | September 24, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Change is the name of the game in governors races

All 15 of the races included on the Fix's latest governors Line would switch parties if the election were held today.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 24, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Senate Republicans launch $1 million ad buy in West Virginia

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will launch ads in the West Virginia Senate race today, a seven-figure expenditure that strongly suggests the party thinks they can pull off an upset in the Mountain State.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 24, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Boehner says 'Pledge to America' more substantive than 'Contract with America'; Biden guarantees Democrats hold House and Senate

The news you missed -- but shouldn't have -- from the day that was.

By Aaron Blake  | September 23, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New hope for Senate Republicans in West Virginia

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's (D) Senate campaign is turning from coronation into contest.

By Aaron Blake  | September 23, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Daily Fix Poll: How will the 'Pledge to America' play?

Will Republicans' "Pledge to America" change the dynamic of the midterm elections?

By Aaron Blake  | September 23, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why Democrats aren't running on health care

The White House has launched a public relations onslaught to coincide with today's enactment of a handful of provisions of the health care law but there remains deep skepticism among the political class within the party that candidates can -- or will -- run on health care at the ballot box this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 23, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Mike Castle, write-in candidate?

Mike Castle has opened the door to a write-in candidacy following his loss in last week's primary to marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell.

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 23, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations!

Offer your nominations for the person, place or thing who had the absolute "Worst Week in Washington".

By Chris Cillizza  | September 23, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans unveil their "Pledge for America": Will it work?

House Republicans will unveil their long-awaited "Pledge to America" plan today, a set of policy proposals aimed at showing the voting public what the GOP would do if put back into power and, party strategists hope, the final piece of the puzzle that will deliver them the majority in 40 days.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 23, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Murkowski keeps committee post; poll shocker in New York governor's race

Afternoon Fix: Murkowski keeps committee post; poll shocker in New York governor's race

By Aaron Blake  | September 22, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The 2012 presidential hopefuls and the primary endorsement game

Now that the 2010 primary season is officially over, we decided to take a look at how some of the potential Republican White House hopefuls fared in their endorsements (or non-endorsements) in the cycle's most competitive GOP primaries.

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 22, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Daily Fix Poll: Who will be the prime "tea party" target in 2012?

The 2010 races aren't even over yet, but 2012 is just around the corner -- and there are a number of candidates who may be facing trouble from the burgeoning "tea party" movement.

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Mike Pence Boomlet

Indiana Rep. Mike Pence is looking more and more like a potential presidential candidate in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 22, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Pennsylvania Senate race moves to "Lean Republican"

The Fix changes the rating on the Pennsylvania Senate race from "Toss Up" to "Lean Republican".

By Chris Cillizza  | September 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Will Rahm run?

There is near unanimity in Washington and Chicago political circles that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel will run for mayor of Chicago although the timing of such an announcement remains something of a mystery.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Christine O'Donnell: I'm not doing any more national TV interviews

Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell (R) gave on Tuesday night one of her few national TV interviews since recording a stunning upset over Rep. Mike Castle (R) a week earlier. She used the opportunity to announce that it would be her last national TV interview.

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 21, 2010; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Afternoon Fix: Larry Summers leaving White House; Michelle Obama to enter 2010 fray

All the news you missed -- and the news you shouldn't miss -- from the political day that was.

By Aaron Blake  | September 21, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The tortured history of write-in candidates

Can Lisa Murkowski win a write-in bid? History suggests the answer is "no".

By Aaron Blake  | September 21, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sarah Palin, tea party candidate in 2012?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) appears to be making a purposeful play to be the face of the Tea Party movement, a strategy that suggests she may be thinking more seriously about running for president in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 21, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Pennsylvania governor's race moves away from Democrats (and other ratings changes)

The Fix changes a handful of Senate and gubernatorial race ratings.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 21, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: Will the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rallies help (or hurt) Democrats?

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced that they will hold dueling rallies on the National Mall next month -- but their plans have been met with mixed reactions by Democratic strategists in the runup to this fall's election.

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 21, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democrats pull in more cash than GOP

Despite facing a difficult electoral environment this fall, the three national Democratic campaign committees outraised their Republican counterparts in the month of August, numbers that should provide something of a boost to the party's hopes of retaining control of the House and Senate.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 21, 2010; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: DNC raised $10.9 million in August, and DSCC outpaced NRSC; Carter says he is a 'superior' ex-president

Afternoon Fix: DNC raised $10.9 million in August, and DSCC outpaced NRSC; Carter says he is a 'superior' ex-president

By Aaron Blake  | September 20, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Can Christine O'Donnell win?

Amid the flood of coverage of Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell over the weekend -- She dabbled in witchcraft! She canceled her appearances on Sunday shows! -- one question was overlooked: Can she win?

By Chris Cillizza  | September 20, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The next Tea Party targets

2012 is a target-rich environment for the tea party, which could use primaries to go after Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.).

By Aaron Blake  | September 20, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daily Fix Poll: Sizing up Lisa Murkowski's write-in bid

By Felicia Sonmez Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) announcement on Friday night that she's mounting a write-in bid to hold onto her seat after her primary defeat to attorney Joe Miller (R) throws a race that was solidly in the Republican...

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 20, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Should Democrats run to or from President Obama?

In recent days national Democratic officials have continued to insist that candidates should run on the record compiled by the party over the past 20 months even as there is growing evidence that the most vulnerable Members of Congress are doing just the opposite.

By Chris Cillizza  | September 20, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Neil Abercrombie wins Democratic gubernatorial nod in Hawaii

Former Rep. Neil Abercrombie on Sunday clinched the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed term-limited Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R), winning a hard-fought victory over former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann on the final primary day of the 2010 cycle.

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 19, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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