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Posted at 5:55 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Afternoon Fix: Maria Cino creating 527 for potential Republican National Committee chairmanship bid; Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop takes narrow lead in New York's 1st District

By Chris Cillizza

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* Former Republican National Committee aide Maria Cino has filed papers to create a 527 committee for a potential run for RNC chair, with a formal announcement likely to come after Thanksgiving.

* Ballot-counting continues in New York's 1st District, where Rep. Tim Bishop (D) led Republican Randy Altschuler by just 16 votes as of this afternoon. Meanwhile, in New York's 25th District, attorneys for Rep. Dan Maffei (D) and Republican Ann Marie Buerkle have agreed to postpone their Tuesday morning court date until Wednesday. Maffei, who trails by more than 550 votes, said in a statement that his camp is "reviewing the re-canvass and audit documentation that the counties are providing."

* A Quinnipiac poll released this morning shows that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) would take 45 percent to President Obama's 44 percent in a White House 2012 matchup, while Obama would take 46 percent to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's (R) 44 percent. In a race against former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), Obama would win 48 percent to 40 percent, and in a contest against Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), Obama would lead 45 percent to 36 percent.

* In an appearance today on ABC's "The View," Huckabee said that running against Obama in 2012 is going to be "harder ... than a lot of Republicans are thinking" because the president is "going to have a billion dollars starting out in his war chest" and "there is an extraordinary advantage of an incumbent."

* Maine Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are signing on to a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health-care overhaul.


* Former president George W. Bush sits down with CNBC's Larry Kudlow at 7 p.m. Eastern tonight.

* Palin will be on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern.

* Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has become the latest potential White House 2012 candidate to call for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder after last week's verdict in the Ahmed Ghailani trial.

* Landline-only polls give Republicans a five-point advantage compared with polls that include only cellphone users, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

* Quinnipiac releases its latest poll on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow.


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By Chris Cillizza  | November 22, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
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