Afternoon Fix: Texas Democratic Rep. Solomon Ortiz files for manual recount; California Democrat Jerry McNerney has tripled his vote lead
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
* Texas Democratic Rep. Solomon Ortiz has requested a manual recount in his race against Republican challenger Blake Farenthold. Meanwhile, Farenthold's camp says that "it's time for Ortiz to concede this election."
* California Democratic Rep.Jerry McNerney expanded his vote lead over Republican David Harmer from 632 votes to 2,269 votes. McNerney's camp now says he's "well-positioned to stay in the lead when the remaining votes are counted."
* South Carolina Republican Party Chair Karen Floyd is slated to announce that she will not seek a second term, according to state GOP sources.
* House Minority Leader John Boehner told reporters today that he'll fly commercially as speaker, a departure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former House speaker Denny Hastert.
* Former President George W. Bush told NBC's Matt Lauer that he "appreciates" rapper Kanye West's apology for saying in 2005 that Bush "doesn't care about black people." Added Bush: "I am not a hater. I don't hate Kanye West."
WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS
* The Alaska ballot count continues, with state election officials now considering more than 92,500 write-in ballots. Attorney Joe Miller (R) has a steep hill to climb; he currently trails "write-in" by 11,333 votes. How many of those votes will be counted for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R)?
* A spokesperson for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said that Franken "is not interested" in serving as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. However, a senior Democratic aide pointed out: "It always takes two or three or four times to get somebody."
* Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has said he'll force a battle with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over earmarks. With many of the 13 freshman Republicans entering the Senate having promised to oppose earmarks, a showdown may be imminent.
* Outgoing Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.), who was appointed to the seat last year by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R), now appears to be considering a 2012 Senate bid against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Tuesday's election results mean Nelson will be the sole Democrat in statewide office in Florida, significantly raising the stakes of a potential LeMieux-Nelson match-up.
* Bush will appear on an hour-long special on CNN's "State of the Union" this Sunday.
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