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Live Fix chat: Numbers to watch for 2010, Hawaii special election and "Friday Night Lights" returns!

We spent an hour earlier today chatting online -- our favorite way to chat! -- with Fixistas about the pressing questions of the day: who is going to win the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic primary, is Hawaii going to elect a Republican Congressman and is there any show on television better than "Friday Night Lights"?

The answers to the first two are debatable; the third is not.

Below you'll find some of our favorite q's and a's. Check out the full Live Fix transcript and remember that we go live every Friday from 11 am to noon. Be there!

Q: Advice for a Political Junkie
It's six months until the elections and Obama isn't even on the ballot, yet I check his approval numbers every single day. Is this at all informative or do I need to seek immediate medical attention?

A. Chris Cillizza
Numbers I think matter for 2010:
1. Obama job approval
2. Generic ballot
3. Enthusiasm among likely voters
4. Unemployment/job growth
5. Right track/wrong direction

Q: Hawaii
When does Hawaii hold its primary and will both Case and Hanabusa be running? If Djou wins, how nasty will the Dem primary be? I know that a win is a win, but this will be similar to the LA seat and swing back to the Dems in November, right?

A: Chris Cillizza
May 22. But, it's an entirely vote by mail race and voters got their ballots a week ago.

That's not the only quirky thing about the race. All the candidates -- including former Rep. Ed Case (D), state Senate Prez Colleen Hanabusa (D) and Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) -- run on the same ballot.

With Hanabusa insisting she is "in it to win it" (an odd time to quote Hillary Clinton, no?) earlier this week, the race looks close to unwinnable for Democrats.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is openly contemplating the idea of pulling its ads down to spend more money in the PA-12 special on May 18.

Democrats should win this seat back in November but politics is a funny business and predicting it (see Scott Brown) is difficult.

Q: Friday Night Lights
Hi Chris, love your chats. Don't actually have a question, just wanted to say welcome back to Coach Taylor and the Panthers!

A. Chris Cillizza:
Impossible for me to describe how excited I am. This year's White House Correspondents Dinner was a HUGE letdown because last year I got to meet Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor) and Connie Britton (Principal Taylor).

"FNL", the third season of which premieres tonight on NBC, is the best show on television. Am I wrong?

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 7, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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