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Friday Governors Line

The Fix is home with Charlie Cillizza today but even the little tyke knows that if it's Friday, it's time for the Friday Line. Today we tackle the ten gubernatorial races most likely to switch sides in 2009 and 2010....

By Chris Cillizza | March 13, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (18)

Friday Senate Line: The Importance of 60

Sens. Roland Burris (Ill.), David Vitter (La.), Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Jim Bunning (Ky.) are among the most vulnerable incumbents in 2010. The recently concluded Senate battle over President Obama's economic stimulus package reveals that although Democrats enjoy a...

By Chris Cillizza | March 6, 2009; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (56)

Friday Line: Ten Republicans to Watch

Party leaders and 2012 contenders will help give voice to the GOP as it looks to define itself. From left, Louisiana Go. Bobby Jindal, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov....

By Chris Cillizza | February 27, 2009; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (158)

Friday Governors Line: The Govs Come To D.C.

A number of gubernatorial candidates (or potential candidates) could make a big splash in the 2009-2010 pool, including from left, Gavin Newsom (California), Sam Brownback (Kansas), Mary Fallin (Oklahoma), Andrew Cuomo (New York), and Terry McAuliffe (Virginia). The nation's...

By Chris Cillizza | February 20, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (37)

Friday Senate Line: Gregg Adds to GOP Pain

Incumbent Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) could all face serious challenges in 2010. The withdrawal of Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) as President Obama's commerce secretary nominee on Thursday...

By Chris Cillizza | February 13, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (73)

The Friday Line: Primary Madness!

General election races may attract the most interest from the casual political observers but for true political junkies there is nothing that matches the intensity (read: nastiness) that defines primary fights. In general elections, the differences tend to be more...

By Chris Cillizza | February 6, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (23)

The Friday Line: Ten Republicans To Watch

The Fix is spending his Friday ensconced in the Capital Hilton as the Republican National Committee chooses its new leader. That election, which you can read much more about here, got us to thinking about the men (and women) who...

By Chris Cillizza | January 30, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (36)

Friday Governors Line: The Central Front of 2010

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.), former Sen. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.), Terry McAuliffe and Meg Whitman In 2008, gubernatorial races were the ugly stepchild of the election family. With just 11 races on the docket, the guvs...

By Chris Cillizza | January 23, 2009; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (26)

Friday Senate Line: Retirements Roil GOP Prospects

The GOP faces a tough 2010 as retiring Sens. Kit Bond (Mo.), Mel Martinez (Fla.), George Voinovich (Ohio) and Sam Brownback (Kan.) leave open seats in swing states that Republicans will have to defend. UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.: Florida Chief Financial...

By Chris Cillizza | January 16, 2009; 06:24 AM ET | Comments (53)

The Friday Line: 10 for 2010

The impact of President-elect Barack Obama's rapid rise through the political ranks -- elected senator in 2004 and president four years later -- is already being felt in the campaign world as scads of would-be senators and governors are emerging...

By Chris Cillizza | January 9, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (49)

The Friday Senate Line: Appointments A-Plenty

On its face, an appointment to the Senate seems to be about the best gift an aspiring politician could ask for. Rather than spend two years of your life running for the office -- raising the millions (or tens of...

By Chris Cillizza | December 19, 2008; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (24)

The Friday Line: Ranking Modern Political Scandals

The arrest of Rod Blagojevich has sparked a furious debate on the Fix about where the Illinois governor's blatant attempt to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder ranks in the annals of modern political scandals. In order...

By Chris Cillizza | December 12, 2008; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (65)

The Friday Line: Ranking the Cabinet Confirmation Prospects

With President-elect Barack Obama having filled roughly half of his 15 Cabinet appointments by the end of this week, we thought now would be a good time to take a closer look at the confirmation prospects for each of the...

By Chris Cillizza | December 5, 2008; 05:45 AM ET | Comments (88)

The Friday Line: Ten Republicans To Watch

The great thing about elections is that as soon as the last one ends, the next one begins. Everywhere the Fix goes these days -- and by everywhere we mean the office, Starbucks and the gym to play basketball --...

By Chris Cillizza | November 21, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (256)

Friday Senate Line: The 2010 Landscape

The day after the 2008 election ended, the 2010 cycle began for political junkies. For both parties and their political operatives this is a time filled with possibility and hope. Maybe, just maybe, that governor who has held out on...

By Chris Cillizza | November 14, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (68)

Friday Line: Republican Governors on the Rise

As the GOP charts its post-election course, some see leadership coming from the Republican governors, including Haley Barbour (Miss.), Mark Sanford (S.C.), Sarah Palin (Alaska), Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) and Bobby Jindal (La.). One of the few bright spots for...

By Chris Cillizza | November 7, 2008; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (59)

The FINAL House Line: The Top 50!

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By Chris Cillizza | October 31, 2008; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (55)

The FINAL Senate Line: The Fix Predicts

After two years of ranking the Senate races most likely to switch parties, we have reached the last Senate Line of the 2008 election. (Can you believe it?) Below you'll find our final rankings of the races; we've included 11...

By Chris Cillizza | October 31, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (83)

Friday House Line: The Second 25!

Last week as we were putting together the Line of the 25 House districts most likely to switch parties on Nov. 4, we had a revelation: there were WAY more seats in play than we were writing about. With neutral...

By Chris Cillizza | October 24, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (87)

Friday Senate Line: Democrats Creep Closer to 60

Democrats' chances at reaching 60 seats in the Senate depend largely on how these four senators -- Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) -- fare on Nov. 4. UPDATE, 10:40 am: The...

By Chris Cillizza | October 24, 2008; 06:08 AM ET | Comments (105)

Friday House Line: House GOP Prospects Grow Dimmer

The ongoing economic crisis coupled with the aggressive assertion of Democrats' massive fundraising advantage has significantly broadened Republican vulnerabilities in the House and made a 25-plus seat pickup a very real possibility. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, sensing the once...

By Chris Cillizza | October 17, 2008; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (68)

Friday Senate Line: Democratic Domination

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m. ET: After deciding to pull out of the Louisiana Senate race earlier this week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has reversed itself and is buying time in Louisiana as we speak. "We have seen the race in...

By Chris Cillizza | October 17, 2008; 06:55 AM ET | Comments (100)

Friday Senate Line: 60 in Sight?

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) What was once only a pipe dream is starting to look like a real possibility. We speak not of Britney Spears' musical comeback but...

By Chris Cillizza | October 10, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (69)

The Governors Line: Three Lines in One!

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mayor Pat McCrory, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas The 2008 election has been an embarrassment of riches for political junkies. The presidential race has been...

By Chris Cillizza | October 2, 2008; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (57)

Friday House Line: The Top 25!

With the November election rushing to its conclusion, The Fix is stepping it up accordingly. Welcome to the new and improved Friday House Line in which we seek to bring our loyal readers the 25 -- yes, you read that...

By Chris Cillizza | September 26, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (33)

Friday Senate Line: Republicans' Happy Talk

Earlier this week at a briefing for the press, Nevada Sen. John Ensign, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, suggested that the GOP could break even in the fight for control of the upper chamber this fall. "I...

By Chris Cillizza | September 19, 2008; 06:21 AM ET | Comments (255)

Friday Line: Defining the Playing Field

As the campaign enters its final stretch, a look at where the two presidential candidates are spending their time and money suggests a playing field with sharp similarities to that of the last two national elections. var statesmap = new...

By Chris Cillizza | September 12, 2008; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (183)

The Friday Line: The Best Speeches

Stemwinding their way through the conventions: Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, former president Bill Clinton, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. ST. PAUL -- After 13 straight days on the...

By Chris Cillizza | September 5, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (792)

Republican Veepstakes Line: The Final Cut

DENVER -- With John McCain expected to reveal his vice presidential pick in the next 24 hours, The Fix decided to take one last crack at our rankings of the men (and woman) most likely to receive that phone call...

By Chris Cillizza | August 28, 2008; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (228)

Friday House Line: Jetting to Denver Edition

The Fix is hard at work packing for 13 -- yes, 13! -- straight days on the road covering the Democratic and Republican national conventions. But, Friday just wouldn't be Friday without the Line. Below you'll find our rankings of...

By Chris Cillizza | August 22, 2008; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (53)

Friday Veepstakes Line: Crunch Time!

Last Veeps Standing (L to R) Dems: Reed, Sebelius, Kaine, Bayh, BidenGOP: Jindal, Lieberman, Romney, Ridge, Pawlenty The vice presidential sweepstakes has become such a hot topic that last night at The Fix gym one guy called out "Who's...

By Chris Cillizza | August 15, 2008; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (254)

Friday Senate Line: Is 62 Democrats' Magic Number?

Earlier this week, we explored the possibility of Senate Democrats controlling 60 seats following the fall election -- a scenario we deemed a long shot at best. In the interim, two addenda occurred to us. The first, pointed out by...

By Chris Cillizza | August 15, 2008; 06:07 AM ET | Comments (61)

Friday Line: Battleground States

The Fix is jetting off to exotic climes but we couldn't leave without penning our latest and greatest rankings of the 10 states most likely switch sides (from Democratic to Republican or vice versa) in the November presidential election....

By Chris Cillizza | August 1, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (174)

Veepstakes Line: It's Now or Never?

The excitement over the veepstakes reached critical mass this week -- sparked by conservative columnist Bob Novak's report that John McCain could make his pick as early as this week. (A side note: The Fix is currently reading Novak's memoir...

By Chris Cillizza | July 25, 2008; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (172)

Friday House Line: How Big is Big?

Four months before the 2008 election, House Democrats are barely able to contain their excitement about their chances of picking up seats and expanding their majority. At a press briefing earlier this week, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van...

By Chris Cillizza | July 25, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Friday Veepstakes Line: Stark Choices

As Barack Obama and John McCain enter the final stretch in selecting their respective running mates, each man is faced with a stark choice. For Obama, that choice is between change and experience. Does Obama opt for a vice president...

By Chris Cillizza | July 18, 2008; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Friday Senate Line: More and Less of the Line

Editor's Note: Chris Cillizza was online this morning at 11 a.m. ET discussing the veepstakes, congressional approval ratings, the Senate Line and the latest news on politics. With the vice presidential sweepstakes heating up (we are t-minus one month --...

By Chris Cillizza | July 18, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (67)

The Veepstakes Line: The Only Constant is Change

One of the most fascinating elements of the vice presidential sweepstakes -- veepstakes for those of us in the know -- is its changeability. Names rise and names fall; some potential veeps get hot at the right time while others...

By Chris Cillizza | July 11, 2008; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (296)

The Line: Sorting Out the Presidential Playing Field

Less than five months remain before the November election and slowly but surely the outlines of the national playing field are coming into focus. var statesmap = new SWFObject("http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/interactives/campaign08/statesmap.swf", "statesmap", "290", "240", "8", "#ffffff"); statesmap.addVariable("stateList", "co,fl,ia,mi,nh,nm,nv,pa,oh,va"); statesmap.addParam("wmode","transparent"); statesmap.addParam("AllowScriptAccess", "Always"); statesmap.write("resultstatesmap");...

By Chris Cillizza | June 27, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (113)

The Line: Generic Ballot Distress for House GOP

A single question in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll says all you need to know about the problems facing Republicans in the fall election. Asked if the election were held today which party's candidate would they vote for in...

By Chris Cillizza | June 20, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (89)

The Line: When a Small Loss Is Your 'Best Case Scenario'

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) is nothing if not a realist. At a luncheon with reporters on Thursday in Washington, Ensign said the best-case scenario for his party in the fall election would be a three-seat loss....

By Chris Cillizza | June 13, 2008; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Line: Get Ready for Obama-Clinton?

From the moment it became clear that Hillary Rodham Clinton would come up short in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, the talk of whether Barack Obama would pick her as his running mate began. Groups were formed to...

By Chris Cillizza | June 6, 2008; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (462)

The Line: Ranking the McCain vs. Obama Battlegrounds

Zero hour in the Democratic nomination fight is nearing, and with just a few days left until the final primaries on June 3, Barack Obama remains the all-but-certain nominee against John McCain in the fall. Note: Please upgrade your Flash...

By Chris Cillizza | May 30, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Friday House Line: Dems Could Gain 20 Seats

Rep. Travis Childers' (D) win last week in a special election in a northern Mississippi district changes everything when it comes to handicapping the House playing field. It is hard to overestimate the cumulative impact of three straight special elections...

By Chris Cillizza | May 23, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (77)

Friday Line: How Many Seats Will Dems Gain in the Senate?

A combination of the unending Democratic presidential race (which now appears at an end) and the special election woes of House Republicans have combined to push 2008's U.S. Senate races to the back burner. But they've not been forgotten by...

By Chris Cillizza | May 16, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Friday Line: Veepstakes!

Ask someone who works for either Barack Obama (Ill.) or John McCain (Ariz.) about the search for a vice presidential nominee and, to a person, the response you get goes something like this: "It's way too early to even be...

By Chris Cillizza | May 9, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (470)

The Line: The Top ControGaffes of Campaign '08

NEW ORLEANS -- The Fix is dancing and eating his way through Jazz Fest. Among the highlights from day one: The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bettye Levette and Kenny Bill Stinson. On the gastronomical side, there were beignets and frozen cafe...

By Chris Cillizza | May 2, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (264)

Friday Line: McCain's Best Strategic Moves

With Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) locked in a seemingly endless fight for the Democratic nomination, The Fix is taking a pass on the vice presidential Line this month. There's too much uncertainty -- even for...

By Chris Cillizza | April 25, 2008; 08:17 AM ET | Comments (97)

The Line: McCain Puts 3 Key States in Play

PHILADELPHIA -- The Fix is on the way back from a whirlwind trip to Pennsylvania to check out the lay of the land in advance of the state's presidential primary on Tuesday. But if it's Friday, it's time for The...

By Chris Cillizza | April 18, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (253)

The Line: The Eyes of Texas Shine on House GOP

House Republicans, desperate for good news in an election cycle that appears to be going from bad to worse, won a rare victory earlier this week when Pete Olson, former chief of staff to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), crushed former...

By Chris Cillizza | April 11, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (93)

 

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