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Ryan Gosling as Stephen Meyers
George Clooney as Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Paul Zara
Paul Giamatti as Tom Duffy
Evan Rachel Wood as Molly Stearns
Marisa Tomei as Ida Horowicz, a reporter for the New York Times
Jeffrey Wright as Democratic Senator Franklin Thompson North Carolina.
Max Minghella as Ben Harpen
Stephen Meyers is the junior campaign manager for Mike Morris, Governor of Pennsylvania and a Democratic presidential candidate, competing against Arkansas Senator Ted Pullman. The candidates are campaigning in Ohio. After a debate at Miami University, Meyers is asked by Pullman's campaign manager, Tom Duffy, to attend a secret meeting. Meyers calls his boss, senior campaign manager Paul Zara, who doesn't answer. Meyers leaves a message that something important has come up. Duffy offers Meyers a position in Pullman's campaign, an offer Meyers initialy refuses.Meyers starts a sexual relationship with Molly Stearns, an intern for Morris' campaign and daughter of Jack Stearns, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Late one night when Molly is in his room sleeping, Meyers discovers that she and Morris had a brief sexual liaison at a campaign stop in Iowa several weeks previously, and Molly is now pregnant by the Governor. Meyers helps her with money for an abortion but warns her not to tell anybody. Meyers also fires Molly from the campaign. He drives her to the clinic, but does not pick her up afterwards.Meyers admits to Zara that he met with Duffy, who told Meyers that Pullman will offer Thompson the position of Secretary of State, guaranteeing his victory. Ida a reporter for the New York Times, reveals that an anonymous source leaked his encounter with Duffy to her and that she will publish unless Meyers gives her all of the information about his meeting with Thompson. Meyers comes to Zara for help, believing the story would damage himself, Zara, and the campaign. Zara reveals that he leaked the meeting to Ida with Morris' approval in order to force Meyer into resigning from the campaign, stating that he did this because Meyers was disloyal for meeting with Duffy.An angry Meyers then offers his services to Duffy, who admits he only met with Meyers in order to influence his opponent's operation and had no intention of hiring him. Meanwhile, Molly learns that Meyers has been fired and fearing that he will reveal her pregnancy, takes a fatal drug overdoseSince the both sides used him, Meyers goes to the offensive and confronts Morris, telling him that he will expose the affair with Molly if Morris does not accept his demands: fire Zara, place Meyers in charge of the campaign, and offer Thompson the role of Vice President. Will Meyers be the winner?