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Posted at 6:17 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Afternoon Fix: Joe Lieberman won't run for fifth term; West Virginia to hold special gubernatorial election in 2011

By Chris Cillizza

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) won't run for re-election in 2012; West Virginia will hold a special gubernatorial election in 2011; and President Obama heads to Wisconsin one day after the State of the Union.

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* Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will announce tomorrow that he won't run for a fifth term in 2012, according to two Democratic sources familiar with the decision. The move makes Lieberman the second member who caucuses with Senate Democrats in 24 hours to announce his retirement, following Sen. Kent Conrad's (N.D.) announcement earlier today.

* The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ordered acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) to schedule a special gubernatorial election in 2011. The election must take place before Nov. 15, 2011, the one-year anniversary of Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) departure from the governor's mansion to serve in the Senate.

* A poll sponsored by GOP-leaning group Resurgent Republic shows that 49 percent of registered voters support repealing and replacing the national health care law while 44 percent are opposed. The full survey will be released on Thursday.

* Asked today whether he is absolutely committed to running for re-election in 2012, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) responded: "Yes, I am."


* Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) and former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) are joining the Bipartisan Policy Center to launch a comprehensive review of the states' role in health care reform.

* President Obama will travel to Manitowoc, Wis., on Jan. 26, a day after he delivers the State of the Union address.

* With Lieberman out and Bysiewicz already announced, what will Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) do? Murphy has strongly suggested that he will run for Lieberman's seat, but has yet to make any official announcement.

* The House will continue to debate legislation that would repeal the national health care overhaul, with a vote slated to come around 6 p.m. tomorrow. Earlier this month, four Democrats voted to advance the bill. How many will join with the GOP tomorrow?


So long, Regis.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  | January 18, 2011; 6:17 PM ET
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