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Posted at 5:52 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Afternoon Fix: Barbour, Daniels deliver "state of the state" addresses; Ensign would lose to Heller in primary match-up

By Chris Cillizza

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) deliver their "state of the state" addresses tonight; Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) would lose to Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in a Senate primary match-up; and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) heads back from Latin America to Arizona.

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* A new survey from Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling shows that 53 percent of Nevada Republicans approve of Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) while 30 percent disapprove. But in a primary match-up against Rep. Dean Heller (R), Ensign would only take 34 percent to Heller's 52 percent.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is cutting short an official visit to Latin America in order to attend tomorrow's memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting.

* Missouri GOP insiders are now hedging against the possibility of another Senate run by former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.).

* On his trip to New Hampshire today, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) will visit the home of attorney Ovide Lamontagne (R), who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP Senate nod in 2010. The event is the first of several that Lamontagne, who was backed by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) last year, plans to hold for potential 2012 presidential contenders.

* Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) plans to ban state employees from making talk radio appearances during their state work time.


* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) delivers his seventh "State of the State" address tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern. Daniels told reporters that education reform will figure prominently in his speech. Live video of the address here.

* Also giving his final "State of the State" address tonight: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R). Barbour's address is slated for 7 p.m. Eastern.

* Meanwhile, the American Principles Project, a recently-formed conservative group organizing some of the social conservative opposition to the Conservative Political Action Conference, is slamming CPAC for giving a speaking slot to Daniels, calling his selection "an affront to the millions of conservatives who believe that social issues such as abortion and traditional marriage are non-negotiable."

* Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is headed back to Iowa on Jan. 25 to speak at the Iowa Renewable Fuel Association's annual summit in Des Moines.


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By Chris Cillizza  | January 11, 2011; 5:52 PM ET
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