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Charlie Cook's Look Ahead: 2014 Midterm Elections and Beyond

Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report analyzes President Obama's second-term performance and forecasts the political environment for Congressional and gubernatorial elections in 2014 and beyond. 

In more than forty charts, graphs and tables, Cook’s presentation shows how U.S. Presidents’ second terms historically aren’t good for either themselves or their political party, and also looks at the current state of play.

Among the insights:

  • The President’s party has been "hammered" in the House and/or Senate in all but one of the last six “six-year itch” elections since World War II
  • The President’s party has lost all but one of the last six post-World War II presidential elections that have followed two-term presidencies

This presentation is provided courtesy of the National Journal.

Cook’s Look Ahead