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Afternoon Fix: Murkowski awaits defeat, Shumlin claims victory, and Buck leads by nine

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* Attorney Joe Miller maintains a 2,000-vote primary lead on Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) with 98 percent of precincts reporting and around 8,000-10,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. Meanwhile, Vermont state Senate President Peter Shumlin says "it appears that we have won" the state's Democratic governor primary with a 190-vote lead, but former Lt. Gov Doug Racine says he and Shumlin are awaiting final results.

* A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Ken Buck (R) leading Sen. Michael Bennet (D) in the Colorado Senate race 49 percent to 40 percent, while Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) leads businessman Dan Maes (R) 41 percent to 33 percent in the state's governor's race. (Former GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo, running as a third-party candidate, is at 16 percent.)

* Crossroads GPS is up with new ads in the Senate races in California, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

* Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio gives his take on the American Dream in his first general election ad.

* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) says he's not interested in running for president in 2012, and adds that we'll have to "wait and see" if Sarah Palin is a good thing for the GOP.


* The primaries from Tuesday aren't quite over, but don't forget, we're being treated to a pair of special Saturday primaries this weekend. Sen. David Vitter (R) faces his own primary in Louisiana, while West Virginia voters will pick their nominees for the special election in the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd's (D) seat.

* Who will be the next Joe Miller? Can former Louisiana state Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor force an October runoff with Vitter? Can Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell make a run at Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware's Sept. 14 GOP Senate primary? What about Palin-backed Brian Murphy (R) against former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R)?

* Look for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bailout to gain new prominence with political prognosticators as we sort through Murkowski's apparent loss. It's going to be a big issue that bites both parties this fall.

* Miller and Ben Quayle weren't the only unorthodox primary winners from Tuesday. Keep an eye on Oklahoma youth camp director James Lankford (R) and Florida state Sen. Frederica Wilson (D). Lankford shocked the political establishment to easily win the primary runoff in governor candidate Rep. Mary Fallin's (R) congressional district, while Wilson, who will undoubtedly ascend to Rep. Kendrick Meek's (D) House seat, is known for her colorful headwear.

* With Jeff Greene out of the way, keep an eye on the new Florida "Democratic primary" between Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist (I).


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With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  | August 25, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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