updated 9/7/2006 4:10:13 PM ET 2006-09-07T20:10:13

Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and CongressDailyAM.

Cook also writes a regular column for the Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and is a political analyst for NBC News. The New York Times has called Cook, "...one of the best political handicappers in the nation" and noted that The Cook Political Report is "...a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative," while David Broder of The Washington Post has written that Charlie Cook is "perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races."

The Cook Political Report rates the competitive and potentially competitive House, Senate and governor races by the following categories:

  • Solid: These seats are not considered competitive at all. There are 360 seats rated as “solid”.
  • Likely: These seats are not considered competitive at this point but have the potential to become engaged.
  • Lean: These are considered competitive races but one party has an advantage.
  • Toss-Up: These are the most competitive; either party has a good chance of winning.

Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Governors and President as well as American political trends.

Among the subscribers to The Cook Political Report are lobbyists, trade associations, corporations, labor unions, Members of Congress, political action committees and interest groups across the political spectrum. All have come to rely upon The Cook Political Report for objective information and analysis about who is running in what races, what the most important dynamics are in the races, who's ahead and what factors to look for as the campaigns progress.

Charlie Cook can be contacted at: ccook@nationaljournal.com

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