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Political Analysis : NPR

NPR features regular political commentary and analysis from Cokie Roberts, Juan Williams, Linda Wertheimer and other personalities.

Last Build Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2008 06:00:00 -0500

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Lessons of Super Tuesday

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 06:00:00 -0500

Sen. John McCain is calling himself the front-runner in the Republican race for president. McCain benefited from Rudy Giuliani's departure and subsequent endorsement. There is still no clear front-runner on the Democratic side.

Setting the Table for 'Super Tuesday'

Mon, 04 Feb 2008 06:00:00 -0500

About 60 percent of the country's eligible voters will have the chance to participate Tuesday in a primary, caucus or convention. Will the results produce a clear front-runner from either party?

Presidential Race Turns to Florida

Mon, 28 Jan 2008 06:00:00 -0500

While Sen. Barack Obama gets a big boost from South Carolina, Sen. Hillary Clinton stakes a claim in Florida, which at the moment offers Democrats no delegates. On the Republican side, however, Florida is very important indeed.

GOP Presidential Race a Three-Way Bid

Wed, 16 Jan 2008 06:00:00 -0500

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wins the Michigan primary by a wide margin over John McCain. Mike Huckabee places third. Romney put a lot of money into last-minute ads in Michigan, persuading independent voters. The GOP candidates head to South Carolina next.

Race in Presidential Race: Harmless or Offensive

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 06:00:00 -0500

The dispute between Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama about the role of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reveals differences in perceptions of voters.

New Campaign Polls Show Big Changes

Mon, 14 Jan 2008 06:00:00 -0500

Two new national polls show the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations are still in flux. GOP candidate John McCain pulls ahead, while on the Democratic side Hillary Clinton is well ahead of Barack Obama. Michigan's primary is Jan. 15.

New Hampshire Voters Say Clinton Understands

Wed, 09 Jan 2008 06:00:00 -0500

Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton's triumph in New Hampshire surprises even her advisers. But state organizers prove to be their own Democratic Party machine, wooing union workers, women and seniors. They say Clinton understands key issues.

Obama Leads; Clinton, Edwards Vow to Persevere

Mon, 07 Jan 2008 06:00:00 -0500

With the New Hampshire primary a day away, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is edging out Hillary Clinton. His surprising victory deals a blow to the other leading candidates but they pledge to press onward. Clinton has the money to keep going.

Iowa Caucuses Shift Political Landscape

Fri, 04 Jan 2008 06:00:00 -0500

The political landscape has been remade ahead of the New Hampshire primaries next week. The win for Barack Obama redefines the Democratic contest, as he was backed by a variety of constituents. Mike Huckabee's boost comes from conservative voters and a strong turnout.

Huckabee, Romney Center of Iowa's GOP Caucuses

Wed, 02 Jan 2008 06:00:00 -0500

Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney are expected to get more than half the support when GOP caucuses meet in Iowa. Key to the outcome of the caucuses is how many Republicans will attend, and how many independents join them.

Presidential Hopefuls Take Short Break for Holiday

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 06:00:00 -0500

After the briefest of breaks for Christmas, most presidential hopefuls will resume campaigning this week. Voting takes place earlier than ever. Iowa's caucuses are Jan. 3, and New Hampshire's primaries are Jan. 8. New polls show the races for both parties too close to call.

Week in Review: Congress, CIA, Election 2008

Sat, 22 Dec 2007 08:00:00 -0500

The Democratic-led Congress ends with troops still in Iraq. With slight improvements in the war and the economy worsening the public's attention shifted. The CIA promises to cooperate with investigators probing destroyed tapes. The presidential race becomes more of a dead heat.

Giuliani's Presidential Prospects Slipping

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 06:00:00 -0500

While the presidential campaign of John McCain has revived, other GOP presidential contenders have seen their fortunes decline, especially Rudy Giuliani. He leads in most national polls measuring presidential preference among Republicans — but barely. Mike Huckabee is gaining.

Forecasting Difficult for Presidential Nominee

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 06:00:00 -0500

With Iowa's caucuses and New Hampshire's primaries less than three weeks away, it is still too tough to call who will emerge as nominee for each party. John McCain could benefit from the Mike Huckabee-Mitt Romney fight. John Edwards may benefit from Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama fight.

Huckabee Gets Momentum; Oprah Helps Obama

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 06:00:00 -0500

New polls have former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee gaining ground among Republican presidential candidates; on the Democratic side, TV host Oprah Winfrey spent the weekend stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. NPR News Analyst Cokie Roberts analyzes the presidential races.