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Time To Start Thinking About Huckabee 2016

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Mike Huckabee seems to be making the moves necessary to run for President again, For reasons only he can understand.

What Happened In Virginia?

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Trying to explain one of the biggest surprises of Election Night 2014.

In Marathon Presser, Christie Fires Top Aide, Expresses Embarrassment Over Bridge Scandal

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At least initially, Chris Christie did what he needed to do to address a story that threatens to overwhelm his political future.

Chris Christie And The George Washington Bridge: Politics As Usual, Scandal, Or Much Ado About Very Little?

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Will a couple closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge end up being a problem for New Jersey’s Chris Christie going forward?

Report: Mark Obenshain To Concede In Virginia Attorney General’s Race

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Multiple reports are indicating that Republican Mark Obenshain will be conceding defeat in the Virginia Attorney General’s race this afternoon: RICHMOND — State Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R) will concede the race for Virginia attorney general to Democrat Mark R. Herring on Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the decision. Obenshain’s announcement will put […]

Democratic Candidate Gaining Votes In Virginia Attorney General’s Race Recount

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The Virginia Attorney General’s race recount seems to be going in favor of the Democratic candidate.

GOPer Mark Obenshain To Seek Recount In Virginia Attorney General’s Race

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Not surprisingly, Republican nominee Mark Obenshain will seek a recount in the incredibly tight race to be Virginia’s next Attorney General: State Sen. Mark Obenshain will formally ask for a recount in the historically tight race for Virginia attorney general, his campaign announced Tuesday, leaving the final outcome still unclear three weeks after Election Day. […]

Mark Herring Declared Winner Of Virginia Attorney General’s Race, But It’s Far From Over

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We have a certified “winner” in the Virginia Attorney General’s race, but where it heads from here is still up in the air.

What Voter Suppression?


Do Voter ID laws really suppress voter turnout? The evidence from at least one state doesn’t prove it.

Democrat Mark Herring Leads Virginia Attorney General’s Race by 163 Votes

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The next Attorney General of Virginia will be named Mark. And that’s about all we really know at this point.

Democrat Mark Herring Takes Narrow Lead In Virginia Attorney General’s Race

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Not entirely unexpectedly, Democratic candidate Mark Herring has taken a very narrow lead in the race to be Virginia’s next Attorney General: Democratic state Sen. Mark R. Herring took the lead in the extraordinarily tight Virginia attorney general race Monday evening, after he picked up more than 100 previously uncounted votes in Richmond. Herring had started the […]

17 Votes Separate Candidates In Virginia Attorney General’s Race


The margin in the Virginia Attorney General’s race is, quite literally, razor thin.

White Guy Wins Election By Pretending To Be Black


Well, this is certainly an interesting campaign strategy: HOUSTON — Dave Wilson chuckles as he talks about his unorthodox political campaign. “I’d always said it was a long shot,” Wilson says. “No, I didn’t expect to win.” Still, he figured he’d have fun running, because he was fed up with what he called “all the […]

Philadelphia Elects A Whig


The Whig Party essentially faded after existence in the early 1850s as the issue of slavery gripped the nation and anti-slavery advocates came together to form what eventally became the Republican Party, but there’s now a Whig holding elected office in Philadelphia: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Voters in Philadelphia have elected a Whig to public office […]

Virginia Attorney General’s Race Too Close To Call


We still don’t know who the winner of the Virginia Attorney General’s race is: Who will be Virginia’s next attorney general? The answer may not be known for weeks. More than 36 hours after polls closed in the Old Dominion, the hotly contested race between Republican Mark Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring is still in limbo. […]

The Cuccinelli Blame Game And The GOP Civil War

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Accusations of blame are already being tossed around about why Republicans lost in Virginia, and they mirror a broader debate in the Republican Party nationally.

Dead Candidates Leading In Two Washington State Races


Two candidates in Washington State are winning their respective elections despite the seemingly important problem that they happen to be dead: SEATTLE — Two candidates in separate races in Washington state are winning in Tuesday’s election despite being dead. In the Seattle suburb of Des Moines, John Rosentangle won 71 percent of the vote over write-in […]

Ken Cuccinelli Has Not Called To Congratulate Terry McAuliffe, Why Does This Matter?

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Ken Cuccinelli still hasn’t called to congratulate Terry McAuliffe. Why does this odd custom continue?

Did Obamacare Nearly Cost Terry McAuliffe The Election?

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Republicans are contending that the nearly won the Virginia Governor’s race by emphasizing Obamacare in the closing weeks, but the evidence supporting that contention is far from clear.

Chris Christie Coasts To Victory, Next Stop 2016?

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Chris Christie did as well as expected last night, but that’s just the beginning.

Mixed Verdict For Colorado Seccession Referendum

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As I noted yesterday, some 11 counties in Colorado held a referendum yesterday on the question of whether to pursue the idea of seceding from the state. As it turned out, the measure failed in a majority of the counties it was held in: Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway said the 51st state movement is […]

Tea Party Candidate Loses Alabama Runoff Election

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While it didn’t get nearly as much press as the statewide races in New Jersey or Virginia, another election last night became somewhat of a proxy for what looks to be an emerging battle between the GOP’s Tea Party and business community wings. It involved a runoff race to for the GOP primary to fill […]

McAuliffe Wins, But Virginia Is Still A Purpleish State

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The race for Virginia Governor turned out to be much closer than many predicted, but that should not be a surprise.

Christie Headed For Big Win


Not surprisingly, the final polls in New Jersey show Chris Christie is headed for a big win: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is maintaining a commanding lead as he appears poised to cruise to reelection on Tuesday, according to a handful of final polls in the state’s governor’s race. Christie is up over his Democratic […]

McAuliffe Retains Lead In Final Virginia Polls


Heading into the final day of campaigning, what are likely the last polls to be released in the Virginia Governor’s race continue to show Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe with a consistent lead, and now signs of the kind of narrowing that Cuccinelli supporters were likely hoping for. First up, Public Policy Polling shows a seven […]

The Blame Game Begins In Virginia


Polls in Virginia don’t open for another 48 hours or so, but the end result has become fairly apparent when you look at the polls.

Retail Politics And The Appeal Of Chris Christie


Looking at Chris Christie as he interacts with voters in New Jersey offers a glimpse of just how he could succeed in a 2016 GOP nomination fight.

Four New Polls Show Some Tightening In Virginia, But McAuliffe Still Leads


Some interesting polls out of Virginia today, but McAuliffe is still the clear leader in this race.

Chris Christie Headed For Re-Election Landslide

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With less than a week to go until voting starts in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie is headed for a landslide victory: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to sail toward reelection, with a new poll on Tuesday a week before Election Day showing him with a 2-1 lead over his Democratic opponent. Christie leads […]

Put A Fork In Ken Cuccinelli, He’s Done


There’s still a week to go in Virginia’s Governor’s race, but it’s clear that this race is effectively over.

November 5th Not Looking Good For Virginia Republicans


With debate season over, it’s looking less and less likely that Virginia Republicans will be able to hold back the Democrats on November 5th.

Ken Cuccinelli Hits 33% In New Rasmussen Poll


With just two weeks left to go before Election Day, and early voting already occurring, the news for Ken Cuccinelli couldn’t possibly get any worse: Democrat Terry McAuliffe has jumped to a 17-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race following the federal government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia hard and Hillary […]

Virginia Governor’s Race Now Looks Like A Democratic Win

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Absent an unlikely major change, it looks like the Democrats will win the Governor’s race in Virginia

Cory Booker Wins New Jersey Senate Race

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Mayor Booker is now Senator-Elect Booker.

McAuliffe Continues To Lead In Virginia, Shutdown Hurting Cuccinelli


Another poll out of Virginia shows that Terry McAuliffe continuing to lead Ken Cuccinelli in the Governor’s race, and that voter anger over the government shutdown is at least part of the reason for it: Virginia voters looking for somebody to blame for the government shutdown impacting federal workers in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads […]

New Jersey Senate Race Tightens Ahead Of Election Day, But Booker Will Still Win

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Cory Booker has not been quite as dominant in the New Jersey Special Election as many expected, but he’s still a virtual lock to win on Wednesday.

McAuliffe Still Leading In Virginia Polls, Cuccinelli Scaling Back Ad Buys?

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The Virginia Governor’s race may be slipping too far for Republicans to pull off a victory.

Government Shutdown Hurting Republicans In Virginia Governor’s Race


The government shutdown seems to be having an impact on the one competitive statewide race in country this year.

Cuccinelli Keeps Distance From Ted Cruz


As I noted yesterday, Virginia GOP Gubernatorial Ken Cuccinelli has taken pains to distance himself from national Republicans on the issues surrounding the government shutdown for obvious political reasons. Last night, that distancing when a step further when he managed to avoid a photo op with Senator Ted Cruz: In the clearest sign yet of […]

Ken Cuccinelli Distancing Himself From National GOP On Shutdown


The Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia wants a quick end to the Government Shutdown.

McAuliffe Maintains Lead Over Cuccinelli In Virginia

Just over a week after the first televised debate between the two major party candidates for Virginia Governor, former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe continues to maintain a lead over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, while Libertarian nominee Robert Sarvis continues to poll in the double digits. All of this is reflected in three new polls that […]

Chris Christie Hits Congress, President Over Shutdown


Chris Christie had some words about the crisis in D.C., and they almost sound like they could be part of a 2016 campaign message

Christie Opens Up Massive Lead In New Poll


If the new Quinnipiac Poll is correct, Chris Christie is headed to what may well be the biggest re-election margin any New Jersey Governor has over seen: The odds that state Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic nominee for governor, will pull off an upset against the popular Republican incumbent, Gov. Chris Christie, are getting ever-slimmer […]

New Jersey Senate Race Tightening? Maybe, But Not Enough To Threaten Booker

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A lot of people raised their eyebrows this morning when Quinnipiac released a poll showing that the gap between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican candidate Steve Lonegan had shrunk by half of what it has been in previous polls: A new poll on the U.S. Senate race suggests Cory Booker’s expected blowout over Steve […]

Virginia: McAuliffe Leads Cuccinelli By 8 Points In New Washington Post Poll


McAuliffe pulling away?

GOP Nominee For Va. Lt. Governor: Non-Christians Engaged In “False Religion”


Republican nominee for Lt. Governor E.W. Jackson Jr. has opened his mouth again, and likely plunged the Republican ticket into another mess: At a morning sermon Sunday in Northern Virginia, Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, a Chesapeake pastor, said people who don’t follow Jesus Christ “are engaged in some sort of false religion.” Jackson […]

Virginia Governor’s Race Tightens, Libertarian Robert Sarvis A Factor


The race for Governor in Virginia is tightening, and Libertarian Party nominee Robert Sarvis is one of the reasons why.

Cory Booker Has Massive Lead With One Month To Go


With just over a month until the Special Election to fill the seat once held by Frank Lautenberg, Cory Booker has a clearly insurmountable lead in the polls: With a month to go in New Jersey’s Senate special election, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has pulled out to a 35-point lead, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday. […]

Anthony Weiner Goes Out With About The Amount Of Class You’d Expect


Former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s campaign was pretty much over weeks ago when revelations about new sexting incidents became public, but it became officially over last night when he finished the night with less than 5% of the vote. However, it was how he went out that made news: New York (CNN) - The now-immortalized final moment […]

McAuliffe Favored To Win In Virginia


Stu Rothenberg has changed his rating on the Virginia Governor’s race, listing Terry McAuliffe as the favorite to win: Cuccinelli’s strong TV ads attacking McAuliffe on jobs and China have not helped him transform the race, and the coverage surrounding GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell and the state’s first lady has diluted the impact of Cuccinelli’s […]

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