Live Fix: Texas governor's race, Mass. special election and more!
We spent an hour this morning chatting live with Fixistas -- on topics ranging from the primary battle between Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), the upcoming Senate special election in Massachusetts and our ongoing quest to get Bill Simmons aka the "Sports Guy" to refer to us as the "homeless man's Bill Simmons".
A few of our favorite questions and answers are below. You can check out the full transcript here.
Boston: Does Martha win on Tuesday?
Chris Cillizza: Yes. If by Martha, you mean Martha Coakley, the Attorney General of Massachusetts who is running in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
(If you were talking about Martha Stewart, she wins EVERY DAY.)
Coakley hasn't really been challenged in the Democratic primary that concludes on Tuesday. She started the race with the most money and the best name recognition and has avoided the sort of major mistake that would turn those advantages against her.
Rep. Mike Capuano has run a good campaign -- and appears to be a quality candidate in every respect -- but he's not likely to catch Coakley.
And, if Coakley is the nominee, she is nearly certain to roll over state Sen. Scott Brown (R) in the Jan. 19 special general election and claim the seat.
A remarkably ho-hum race given the (or my) high expectations for it.
Dallas, Tex.: Which opponent do you think gives Bill White the best chance of winning in Texas -- Perry or KBH? Give me your insight on this ever complicated race, oh Fixated one ...
Chris Cillizza: Let's start with the political news of the day...the mayor of Houston, Bill White, is switching from the Senate race to the governors race.
White gives Democrats a legitimate chance of winning the Texas governorship next year, a prospect that was unimaginable as recently as a few weeks ago.
White's decision to switch is likely do to his belief that Gov. Rick Perry is going to beat Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the primary next March. Perry's numbers in a general election are far weaker than KBH's and even some Republicans are concerned that a Perry-White general election might be a tougher than expected race.
It's Texas so Republicans still have to be favored but White's candidacy make the governors race a whole lot more interesting.
Charlottesville, Va.: When I saw Raj Goyle and his wife's name on the guest list for White House State Dinner, I thought of youu.
Chris Cillizza: As well you should. Now that I have accomplished the Raj Goyle=Live Fix chat goal, I am moving on to my larger aim: getting Bill Simmons to refer to me as "the homeless man's Bill Simmons" in his column.
Let's go people. We can do this! Yes we can! Yes we can! Si se puede!
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