With states beginning to reopen and politics beginning to heat up, it feels like we’re in the eye of the storm – past the covid-19 hammer and preparing for the election maelstrom to come. CNN political analyst Harry Enten joins the Horse Race to help us make sense of this moment, while White House correspondent Debra Saunders gives us a behind the scenes look at covering Trump during the pandemic. All this and a look at how politicians use humor in their ads to make their points in Ad of the Week – only on the Horse Race!

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The Horse Race takes a close look at the May 12 special election in California’s 25th Congressional District with the National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar, while Ad of the Week walks through the series of ads both candidates in that race have aired, showing how a campaign strategy unfolds over the airwaves. We also talk with legendary psephologist Charlie Cook about the ins and outs of forecasting races.

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The Horse Race explores the history of political analysis with one of its founders, Stuart Rothenberg, and asks Stu what he looks at to analyze a contest. We also talk with columnist and author E.J. Dionne about President Trump and Joe Biden’s chances to improve Democratic performance with white working class voters. Finally, Ad of the Week looks at a Republican candidate in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, perhaps the classic example of a working-class, Obama-Trump seat
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Joe Biden had his best fundraising month to date in March but still lags behind President Trump’s cash on hand by tens of millions. The Washington Post’s David Weigel tells us how much Trump’s fundraising advantage is helping his re-election bid. The Horse Race also traveled to the Keystone State to talk with political scientist Terry Madonna about Pennsylvania’s politics
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Martin Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation with his immortal words, “here I stand; I can do no other.” President Trump earns praise and scorn for his similar attitude, and as a result has forced conservatives and Republicans to rethink their orthodoxies. Is a conservative reformation at hand? Noted author Yuval Levin joins the Horse Race to expand on that question, while columnist Ramesh Ponnuru explores how Trump is handling the pandemic. We also look at important primary battles between would-be reformers and establishment figures with National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar. All this and the Ad of the Week, too! Only at the Horse Race.

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This week, Ben Domenech of the Federalist grades Trump’s response to the coronavirus while the American Enterprise Institute’s Karlyn Bowman explores what the polls say Americans think about the pandemic’s effects on their lives. J. Miles Coleman also dissects North Carolina’s political divisions
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Elections are getting postponed, but that doesn’t mean politics is in lockdown. This week we look at the race for control of the U.S. House with the Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman; talk about how the pandemic is affecting Trump’s re-election prospects with the Sabato Crystal Ball’s Kyle Kondik; and take another look at Wisconsin with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Craig Gilbert. All this and a trip the local diner, too, in the Ad of the Week!

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Coronavirus has affected The Horse Race – this is our first effort produced with everyone calling remotely using custom software. That might affect our audio quality, but it’s not impeding the quality of our commentary!
Victor Davis Hanson, author of The Case for Trump, joins us this week to dissect how the president is handling these vexing times, while my Washington Post colleague Karen Tumulty offers her insights on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the state of the Democratic race. Elections guru Nathan Gonzalez gives us a rundown on the U.S. Senate races, too
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Biden’s up, the market’s down, and all is definitely not well in America. This week’s podcast looks forward to November’s general election to discuss what this all means for the President as he grapples with a crisis of immense proportion with The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter and National Review’s Rich Lowry. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Greg Bluestein joins the show to talk about how the Peach State is ground zero for control of the House and Senate as well as a pivotal state in the presidential contest. And we skip over the border to look in on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ comeback attempt in the Alabama Senate race for the new Ad of the Week. The best political analysis from the best political analysts: only on The Horse Race!

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The political force of nature that is Joe Biden hit land again Tuesday, and with six wins in seven states he effectively clinched the Democratic nomination. This week’s Horse Race look at two states that look likely to continue Joe’s winning streak next Tuesday, Ohio and Florida, with the Columbus Dispatch’s Darrel Rowland and POLITICO’s Marc Caputo. We also look ahead to the general election and dissect the coronavirus’ potential impact with Jeremy Peters of the New York Times. All this and the Ad of the Week, too – only on The Horse Race.

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Joe Biden’s stunning political resurrection is the main topic on this week’s podcast. Daily Beast columnist and CNN contributor Matt Lewis joins Henry to go over the turn of events, while Detroit Free Press correspondent Todd Spangler dissects next week’s crucial Michigan primary. All this plus American Greatness publisher Chris Buskirk to talk Trump and a new Ad of the Week, only on the Horse Race!

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The Democratic race is heating up as Biden, Bernie, and Bloomberg start to start to jump out from the pack going into Super Tuesday. We look at the biggest states voting that day, California and Texas, with iconic Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder; take in a view from flyover country with political reporter Salena Zito; and talk Trump with EPPC Senior Fellow and New York Times columnist Pete Wehner. All this and the ad of the week, only on The Horse Race!

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Democrats have rolled into Nevada for that state’s caucuses, with many candidates hoping to get lucky before they go bust. This week’s Horse Race examines Saturday’s caucuses with the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Steve Sebelius and MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki. We also look ahead to next week’s South Carolina primary with the Charleston Post and Courier’s Schuyler Kropf and talk all things Trump with the New York Times’ White House Correspondent Peter Baker. All this and the Ad of the Week – only on the Horse Race!

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The Democratic race plunged into more confusion and dysfunction after New Hampshire as Joe Biden summoned his pony soldier army and “Senator Next Door” Amy Klobuchar is finally making fetch happen. Longtime progressive political analyst Ruy Teixeira deconstructs the Democratic race while Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb does a deep dive into the Grand Canyon State. All this plus the Ad of the Week, only on the Horse Race!

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This week’s episode looks at aftermath of the Democratic debacle in Iowa with Real Clear Politics’ Sean Trende; dives deep into the New Hampshire primary with Granite State political scientist Dante Scala; and explores how Trump smacked down his opponents at the State of the Union address with American Greatness’s Julie Ponzi. All this plus an overview of the battle for Senate control in this edition of The Horse Race!

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Democrats are swarming all over Iowa for a shot at the nomination. This week’s Horse Race takes a deep dive into the Hawkeye State and looks ahead to next Monday’s caucuses. Trump’s job approval is also at record highs -can he keep it going? All this along with the Ad of the Week. Only on The Horse Race with Henry Olsen.

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Calling all political junkies, number crunchers, and poll watchers: this new podcast is for YOU. Washington Post political columnist and Ethics and Public Policy senior fellow Henry Olsen discusses the likely political impact of impeachment with the American Enterprise Institute’s Karlyn Bowman, what it’s like to cover President Trump every day with the White House Correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Debra J. Saunders, and does a deep dive into demographic and political trends in 2020’s most important state, Wisconsin, with Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel political report and analyst Craig Gilbert. All that plus a review of the race for House control and what makes the Ad of the Week tick on the Horse Race with Henry Olsen.

 

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