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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Afternoon Fix: Lisa Murkowski seeks to intervene in Joe Miller lawsuit; Bob Casey gets first GOP challenger

By Chris Cillizza

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* Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has filed a motion to intervene in attorney Joe Miller's (R) lawsuit challenging the vote-counting process in the Alaska Senate race. Meanwhile, both the Miller and Murkowski camps continue butting heads over whether to hold hearings over the lawsuit in Juneau or Fairbanks.

* Marc Scaringi, a former legislative aide to former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), announced that he will challenge Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in 2012, becoming the first GOP contender to jump into the race.

* Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R) announced that he will not be a candidate for state attorney general or any other office in 2011. "While I am not ruling out a campaign in future years, I am confident that this is the best decision for my family and me," said Grayson, who was seen as a potential challenger to state Attorney General Jack Conway (D).

* Outgoing Nebraska Treasurer Shane Osborn, who had been considered a possible contender in the 2012 Senate race, has signed up to chair state Attorney General Jon Bruning's (R) Senate campaign.

* New York Democratic Rep. Bill Owens, who came under criticism from Democrats yesterday for saying that he might vote for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) for speaker, has recanted his statement, saying he was just "blowing off steam."


* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has become the latest Republican to dismiss former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) as a potential White House contender. Asked by comedian Jimmy Fallon about the notion of Palin becoming president, Christie replied, "Well, you know, who knows, it's an amazing world."

* New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg's son, Josh, is eying a bid for the Colorado state House.

* Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is slated to be sworn in on Monday, bringing the balance in the Senate to 56 Democrats, 42 Republicans and two independents. Kirk's departure from his House seat will leave the current balance in the lower chamber at 255 Democrats, 179 Republicans and one vacancy.

* The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold two days of hearings next week after the release of the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" report.


Happy Thanksgiving.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  | November 24, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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