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Afternoon Fix: Kelly Ayotte wins New Hampshire Senate nod; National Republicans backing Christine O'Donnell

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Kelly Ayotte wins GOP nomination in New Hampshire
Winners and Losers from Sept. 14 primaries
Delaware Senate race moves from "Lean Republican" to "Lean Democratic"
How Christine O'Donnell won (and the rest of the Sept. 14 primary results)


* New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte bested her Republican rival, Ovide Lamontagne, in the New Hampshire Senate primary. Ayotte took 53,044 votes to Lamontagne's 51,377 and will face Rep. Paul Hodes (D) in the fall. Lamontagne said at a press conference this afternoon that he will not seek a recount.

* National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn issued a statement embracing Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell (R) and announced that the committee will send a $42,000 check to her campaign today. And Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said that he's instructed RNC staff to devote resources to help O'Donnell.

* A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) with 40 percent among likely voters in the Florida Senate race, while Gov. Charlie Crist (I) takes 26 percent and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) wins 21 percent.

* Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is up with a new TV ad stating that "the economy should be job one."

* New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) is up with his first general election TV ad of the gubernatorial race, touting his "experience and independence."


* Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes has hired George Culpepper, who previously served as campaign manager for former Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis. Is it a sign that state Republicans are coalescing around Maes' bid?

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) endorsed O'Donnell, saying that "Now is the time for Republicans to rally behind their nominee." Which other potential 2012 hopefuls will follow suit?

* Vice President Joe Biden will be on the Rachel Maddow show at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight.

* Former President Bill Clinton is slated to appear on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" next Monday.


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With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 15, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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