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The Most Consequential Candidates of 2012 Show the Art of Politics Is Interpretive

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Early next year, a Democrat will be sworn in as governor of red Montana. A Democrat will take her Senate seat in red North Dakota. Republican governors will gear up for reelection bids in blue Michigan and Wisconsin. They all won in spite of unfavorable political landscapes because candidates, and their campaigns, matter. A strong campaign and a sharp candidate can overcome long odds, while a weak campaign can wilt even with the wind at its back.

Analysis: Akin row shows GOP's social-fiscal rift

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Every now and then, an event awakens the ever-slumbering tensions between the Republican Party's two core wings: social conservatives and corporate interests

August 24, 2012

Weekly Show

A Special Washington Week from St. Petersburg, Florida ahead of the Republican National Convention. How did the Mitt Romney campaign attempt to remain on-topic amidst the Todd Akin debacle? Why are the candidates sparring over Medicare again? Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Beth Reinhard, National Journal; John Dickerson, Slate and CBS News; Amy Walter of ABC News.

 

Akin reiterates intent to stay in race

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Sarah Palin: Her batting average is still pretty high

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Okay, so Sarah Palin didn’t have such a good night on Tuesday. Her candidate Sarah Steelman lost the Missouri GOP primary to Rep. Todd Akin. In that evangelical-heavy state, it turns out, Palin’s endorsement was trumped by that of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.