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Mississippi Republican Barely Wins Primary Thanks to Black Democrats

In one of the most impoverished, backwater, diehard conservative states in the union, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran found himself leaning, and leaning hard, on Mississippi’s African-American voters to just barely beat his primary challenger, Chris McDaniel.

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Mitt Beats Santorum

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Romney Blasts Obama’s Rhetoric as Editors Look On

Mitt Romney sure is acting like a man who has it in the bag, and he practically does after racking up more wins lately in the GOP primary sweepstakes. That means, of course, that it’s time to show President Obama what he’s got, and on Wednesday he threw down by accusing Obama of ... “rhetorical excess.” Wait, what?

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Can’t Ron Paul Get More Traction?

He doesn’t lack enthusiastic supporters, nor is his campaign short on cash, and he’s galvanized scores of younger voters. So why isn’t Ron Paul able to clinch the Republican presidential nomination—or even come within spitting distance—this time around?

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich Loses His Seat in Congress

His is one of the strongest progressive voices in national politics, and he just lost his job to fellow Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur in an awkward primary showdown on Super Tuesday.

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Romney and the South Carolina Conundrum

Can Mitt Romney be dislodged as the fragile but disciplined front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination? If he can, South Carolina is the best bet for the role of spoiler.

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Sanders: Let a Real Progressive Challenge Obama

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Friday gave voice to the frustration of millions of American liberals who feel betrayed by President Obama’s eagerness to abandon key social welfare programs established and preserved by his Democratic predecessors. (more)

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The Strange Death of Moderate Republicanism

After two decades in which moderates fled a party increasingly dominated by its right wing, the Republican primary electorate has been reduced to nothing but its right wing.

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Scary Primary Results

Partisan Democrats are delighted about Christine O’Donnell’s Republican primary victory over Rep. Mike Castle in the race for the open Delaware Senate seat. I’m despondent.

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Tea Party Mobilizes for Primary Battles

In the lead-up to November’s midterm elections, there have been signs in some states that moderate Republican candidates might face considerable challenges from tea party contenders.  (continued)

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Underdog Rides Tea Party Express in Alaska Primary

In a twist of primary fate on Tuesday, Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s future standing was thrown into question by one Joe Miller, who built up steam for his anti-big-government cause, even in a state known for scoring major federal funding ... (continued)

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AP / Michael Dwyer

Brewer Riding High After SB 1070

In the months leading up to SB 1070’s passing, Jan Brewer was seen as just a fill-in as Arizona governor and a laggard in the coming election for the post. Now after signing the anti-immigrant legislation, she is enjoying success within the party and is considered a certainty to win the state’s GOP primary in two weeks.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Primaries Galore

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” features two special guests—Lawrence O’Donnell as moderator and David Frum as Tony Blankley’s right-wing substitute—for a virtual round table on ... (continued)

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A Very Jerry Primary Party: Brown Readies for Battle With Meg Whitman

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is making his play to once again become governor of the Golden State, and he stepped out Tuesday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles to extoll the value of ... (continued)

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It Cost Meg Whitman Only $81 Million to Buy a Shot at the Mansion

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has promised voters to apply her business savvy to running the state that roughly one-tenth of Americans call home. She can start by explaining why she had to spend $81 million, most of it hers, to win the Republican nomination for governor of California. Her opponent, Steve Poizner, spent $25 million.

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Your Handy Primary Guide

The fate of Senate Majority Leader—and favorite punching bag of tea party types—Harry Reid may hang in the balance during this year’s election cycle, and on Tuesday his home state of Nevada will be one of 11 states holding primaries.

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A Smorgasbord, Not a Tea Party

Almost all the shibboleths of Washington conventional wisdom took a hit in Tuesday’s voting. Yet advocates of a single national political narrative keep spinning the same old tale.

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Voters Reject Party-Switching Specter

Former Republican Sen. Arlen Specter’s plan to switch parties in order to avoid losing a primary battle didn’t exactly work out. Despite support from the president, Specter lost the Pennsylvania Democratic primary Tuesday.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Republicans Back Perry in Texas

Rick Perry, already Texas’ longest-serving governor, has survived primary challenges from a popular senator and an insurgent tea party candidate. Debra Medina had hoped to spoil the Republican race, but the tea partyer (whom we recently called out) was able to grab only about 17 percent of the vote.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Democrat Challenges the Senator From Wal-Mart

One of the Senate’s most conservative Democrats now faces a primary challenge on her left flank. Blanche Lincoln, who betrayed the unions that had supported her and who had bitterly fought off a public option in health care reform, was already headed for a tough race. (continued)

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A GOP Star Is Born

If you are asking, as former President George W. Bush did jokingly the other day, “Who the hell is Marco Rubio?” you probably won’t be for long.

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Death of the Superdelegate?

A group of Democrats convened by Barack Obama has recommended that the Democratic Party eliminate the influence of “superdelegates,” who have had an unrestricted vote in the nomination process because they were not selected based on the primaries or caucuses.

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AP / Jeff Chiu

Bill Clinton Picks a Horse in Cali Governor Race

The former president has thrown his considerable political and fundraising heft behind San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger. Newsom is up against California institution and former Gov. Jerry Brown.

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For Howard Dean, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The outgoing chairman of the Democratic National Committee fought to expand his party’s reach to the red states that Barack Obama won. His pioneering Internet fundraisers became Obama’s pioneering Internet fundraisers. He refused to budge on Florida and Michigan. So why is Howard Dean out in the cold?

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE



Truthdig / Peter Scheer

Redrawing the Political Map

A little-noticed California proposition could limit the kind of partisan gerrymandering that Republicans and Democrats have used to influence elections around America for decades. But is that a good thing?

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE



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Wrong Again, Bill

Foreign Policy magazine has identified the 10 worst predictions of the year. William Kristol, who seems to get it wrong more often than right, tops the list with this doozy: “If [Hillary Clinton] gets a race against John Edwards and Barack Obama, she’s going to be the nominee. ... Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary. I’ll predict that right now.”

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Mark Halperin Labels Election Coverage ‘Disgusting’

Time’s veteran political reporter calls coverage of the 2008 election, during both the primary and general election, “the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war” because of “extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 READ MORE


Not a Scratch on That Glass Ceiling

It is time to stop kidding ourselves. This wasn’t a breakthrough year for American women in politics. It was a brutal one.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Jane Ciabattari on Toni Morrison’s ‘A Mercy’

An unabashed triumph, Morrison’s new novel is a gloriously poetic and incantatory retelling of America’s tragic and redemptive story.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE



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The Obama Standard

A good politician triumphs by adapting to the times and taking advantage of opportunities as they come. A great politician anticipates openings others don’t see and creates possibilities that were not there before.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE



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Palin Delivers the Votes ... to Obama

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank found many former Hillary Clinton supporters in Pennsylvania who had a hard time switching to Barack Obama—until Sarah Palin joined the Republican ticket. One Gail Silverberg captures the sentiment: “Hockey moms and lipstick on a pig and six-packs? I don’t want that stuff.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


Obama on Lipstick and Pigs: ‘Enough!’

In case you haven’t heard, Barack Obama has been sucked into the vortex of another absurd media storm, courtesy of John McCain’s Rovian acolytes. If he plays it right, the Democrat could turn controversy to conquest.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Made History Enough

Democrats have provided nearly all the drama of this campaign season, an 18-month run, a narrative with two compelling leads, a race between two people to open the door of history. A door that could only admit one at a time.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
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A Place Called Unity

Hillary Clinton finally campaigned with Barack Obama, at a rally in the town of Unity, N.H. Never one to miss out on using overtly direct town names—remember Bill Clinton was born in a place called Hope—the Democratic Party may be trying a bit too hard to heal its wounds after a divisive battle in the primaries.

Posted on Jun 27, 2008 READ MORE


Obama In the Money
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Obama to Pay for Party Unity

Barack Obama is reaching out to Hillary Clinton’s pocketbook, asking his finance team to help pay off at least $10 million of the debt Clinton accrued during her primary bid. The move comes after an announcement that Camp Obama had raised $287 million by the end of May and declined public funding of his campaign.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


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The Economist

I’m The Economist and I Approve This Election

The storied British mag is making no bones about it: America’s long primary battle, judging by the candidates it produced, was a major success. According to a new cover story, ” ... On the face of it, this is the most impressive choice America has had for a very long time.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE



The Brad Blog

Flipping the Wrong Guy

If you’re going to mess up someone’s vote, it’s probably a bad idea to do it to one of the nation’s more vocal critics of election shenanigans. After voting in California’s statewide primary on Tuesday, election integrity journalist Brad Friedman checked his ballot to discover that four of the 12 races he voted in had been flipped.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


The Nightmare Ticket

Hillary Clinton talked her way out of the vice presidency on Tuesday night. Barack Obama may never have intended to make her the offer. But Clinton’s largely self-focused non-concession speech suggested that what some call a dream ticket could turn into a nightmare.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama
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Obama Seals the Deal

The Democratic Party held its final primaries Tuesday, but Barack Obama wasn’t leaving anything to chance. Before the polls even closed, his campaign lined up a steady stream of superdelegate endorsements that, according to the Associated Press and others, put Obama over the top.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


Campaign Soundtrack

Crank up your iPods, everyone. Herewith, a musical guide to the endgame of the epic contest for the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
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Island Catches Clinton Fever

Hillary Clinton scored a huge win in Puerto Rico on Sunday, though she still needs an argument for the superdelegates. The candidate was hoping for major gains in the popular vote, but a local politico tells CNN that Puerto Ricans, who can’t vote in the general election, were less enthusiastic than mainland primary goers: “Most people in Puerto Rico, I would venture to guess, they are not even aware that there’s a primary going on.” Update: Clinton’s fuzzy math.

Posted on Jun 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Half-Votes for Florida, Michigan Democratic Delegates

It was clear who sided with which candidate on Saturday in Washington after Democratic Party officials reached a decision on seating delegates from this winter’s Florida and Michigan primaries—cheers and angry jeers erupted when committee members explained that they would seat the delegates from both states with half-votes.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Parts Ways With Church

Having endured at least three rounds of controversy stemming from his 20-year association with Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Democratic candidate Barack Obama has decided to end his membership, telling reporters Saturday that he is sorry for the intense media attention his affiliation has attracted to the church and its members.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


Not-So-Super Sunday in Puerto Rico?

After some seriously suspenseful primaries earlier in the year, the general feeling about Sunday’s Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico is far less ... energized, let’s say. In fact, local officials are predicting that a substantial percentage of Puerto Rican voters won’t even show up at the polls.

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Lamont Lesson

Though he lost in the general election, Ned Lamont showed that representing the public’s anti-war sentiment and ignoring Washington’s self-appointed gurus wins national elections. And as the current campaign unfolds, the Lamont Lesson is resurfacing.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Blame to Share in Primary Farce

When the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday to determine the status of the votes cast in the Michigan and Florida primaries, its members should try to look past self-serving campaign arguments and bumbling party leaders’ silly attempts to save face.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Un Mensaje Personal a Puerto Rico

Barack Obama brushes up on his Español for this commercial airing in Puerto Rico. The Democratic front-runner trails Hillary Clinton ahead of the island’s Sunday primary.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Disintegration of Hillary Clinton

If this campaign goes on much longer, what will be left of Hillary Clinton?

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton’s Last Stand

Hillary Clinton is talking as if the battle over seating disputed delegations from Florida and Michigan at the Democratic National Convention is the greatest crisis for democracy since the 2000 Florida recount.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


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