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Recent Issues for Sale

Following is a list of issues of “The Rhodes Cook Letter” published since the beginning of 2016, with a brief description of each. Electronic copies of all past newsletters sell for $10 per issue; printed copies for $15 per issue. For a list of the titles and dates of newsletters published from the inception of “The Rhodes Cook Letter” in 2000 through 2015, please contact

January 2016 … “And Away We Go”  (19 pages)

A preview of the 2016 presidential nominating contests, especially the four states that kicked off the voting in February (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina).

February 2016 … “Apres SC, Le Deluge”  (17 pages)

A look at the results of the opening events in February dominated by Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side and Donald Trump on the Republican. Also, a look ahead at the glut of March primaries.

March 2016 … “Meaningful Primaries Ahead”  (18 pages)

A detailed review of presidential primary and caucus results in both parties through March, and an opening look at 2016 congressional primary action.

July 2016 … “The ’16 Primaries: Making History” (25 pages)

Final thoughts (and numbers) on the 2016 presidential primary season, plus results from the spring congressional primaries.

September 2016 … “Is This Election Over?”  (20 pages)

Emphatically “no” was the answer to the question posed in this issue. While Donald Trump looked unelectable to many political observers through the summer and fall of 2016, both major party candidates possessed clear strengths and weaknesses which made the race competitive to the end.

November 2016 … “A Divided America Votes” (18 pages)

An election eve preview of the November 2016 balloting, with information on state polling hours, final polling numbers, and data putting the presidential election into historical context.

March 2017 … “An Election Like None Other” (19 pages)

A first take on the stunning 2016 election results, with a focus on Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential vote. The unexpected outcome was the product of a historical rarity: An Electoral College “misfire,” with different popular and electoral vote winners. It was only the fifth time in the nation’s history there was a “misfire,” but 2016 marked the second time it has happened since 2000.