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All Politics Is National

There has been plenty of discussion this cycle about the differing campaign strategies between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans have sought to nationalize their races while Democrats have insisted that by sticking to local issues, some of their members will be able to withstand historical midterm headwinds.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 3:06pm

Cook Puts Four More Democrats On Notice

The Cook Political Report put four more incumbent House Democrats on notice Monday -- adding them to its very large Toss Up category.

Cook has moved Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree (Maine), Jim Oberstar (Minn.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Rick Boucher (Va.) into the toss up column. It has also moved Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine) from Likely Democrat to Lean Democrat.

These ratings changes show the rapidly widening play field for the GOP. Michaud was well off anyone's radar screen two weeks ago, as was Pingree.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 2:11pm

Rubio's Starpower

Want a surefire sign that Florida Republican Senate contender Marco Rubio is already a major force in Republican politics? Check out how many media outlets have requested credentials for his election night party.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 1:02pm

Looking at Washington's Newcomers

Congress will see one of its biggest shifts in personnel after Tuesday's votes. The following candidates in the 2010 election have a nearly unobstructed path to victory after winning primaries in districts that are either solidly Republican or Democratic. National Journal will profile all of the likely new members of Congress and add to this total on election night.

View a state-by-state list of potential Congressional newcomers.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 11:10am

Boehner Gives NRCC $3 Million in October

House Minority Leader and potential Speaker to be John Boehner (R-Ohio) gave big to the National Republican Congressional Committee in October in an effort to boost the committee's efforts to take back the House.

In sum, Boehner gave $3 million the NRCC, party sources tell Hotline On Call. That breaks down to $1.9 million from his own re-election fund and $1.1 million from the Boehner for Speaker committee that was former earlier this year.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 9:56am

Starting Lineup: The Calm Before The Storm

Good Monday morning. One day to go! Here is what is on the radar today: The final ominous signs for Democrats; Republicans, however, continue to face a a brand problem; DCCC hauls in $17.6 million; Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) spooky ad; and Frank Caprio apologizes, finally.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 8:44am

Democrats' Last Hope: Sarah Palin

Can Sarah Palin save House Democrats? Many of the party's endangered incumbents are spending their final days campaigning as much against the former Alaska governor as against their Republican rivals.

No one in American politics engenders stronger feelings than Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. Republicans love her, but Democrats and independents view her unfavorably with equal intensity.

Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 3:00pm

Pick 'Em

Think you've got a handle on what's going to happen Tuesday? Democratic polling firm Anzalone Liszt wants you to prove it.

The Alabama-based group is running an internet pool, along with D.C.-based Stratalys, giving participants the chance to pick winners in 18 Senate races, 23 House races and 27 governorships.

More inspiration: First prize is $1,000.

Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 2:50pm

Poll: Murkowski Leads Miller, McAdams

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) remains ahead of her two rivals in her write-in Senate campaign in Alaska, according to a new poll released today by an in-state Republican pollster.

The poll, conducted by Dittman Research & Communications, shows Murkowski leading attorney Joe Miller (R), 37 percent to 27 percent, with the Democrat, Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams, in third place with 23 percent. Thirteen percent chose other candidates or were undecided.

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 7:02pm

Cook Political Moves Five Gov. Races Toward GOP, Three Toward Democrats

The Cook Political Report made ratings changes in eight gubernatorial races. Here is a breakdown.

Toward The GOP:

Texas Governor -- Toss Up to Lean R: GOP Gov. Rick Perry has successfully turned back a very competitive challenge from former Houston Mayor Bill White.

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 5:58pm