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Afternoon Fix: Crist's health care flip-flop; Lugar urges Daniels to run for president

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Daily Fix Poll: The Republican Party and the Glenn Beck rally

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* Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) has gone from opposing the health care bill to supporting it to opposing it again - all in a span of a few hours.

* Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) encourages Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) to run for president: "I have encouraged him to run. I think that he would be an outstanding candidate and a great president."

* A new Las Vegas Review-Journal poll shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) and tea party candidate Sharron Angle (R) virtually tied, but 66 percent of Angle voters and 71 percent of Republicans say they wish someone else had won the GOP primary.

* American Crossroads has launched a new $10 million get-out-the-vote effort called MOVERS (Mobilizing Our Voters to End Reckless Spending). It will focus on GOP voter mobilization in eight key states: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire and Washington.

* Likely Alaska GOP Senate primary winner Joe Miller is accusing the National Republican Senatorial Committee of trying to "pull an Al Franken" by sending a lawyer to help Sen. Lisa Murskowski (R) while votes are still being counted.

* Republican South Dakota congressional candidate state Rep. Kristi Noem has 20 speeding tickets, three stop sign violations, two arrest warrants and no driver's license.


* Polls open in Louisiana and West Virginia in a little more than 12 hours for a pair of very special Saturday primaries! How big does Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) win his primary? Will West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) or businessman John Raese (R) have any troubles winning their parties' Senate nominations?

* The big Glenn Beck rally is set for Saturday. Keep an eye on the Post for total coverage.

* Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) returns to Iowa next month, hosting a fundraiser for Iowans for Tax Relief.

* Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck (R) will debate on Oct. 17 on NBC's Meet the Press, the week after Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R).

* Congrats to culader and andyroo312, the two winners of The Fix's Arizona and Florida primary prediction contest! Both guessed that businessman Rick Scott would beat state Attorney General Bill McCollum 52 percent to 48 percent in Florida's governor primary (the actual percentages were 46 and 43). And both came within one percentage point of guessing Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) correct winning percentage (56 percent) in his primary against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R).


With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  | August 27, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
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