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Afternoon Fix: Murkowski keeps committee post; poll shocker in New York governor's race

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* Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will remain ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee after Senate Republicans declined to remove her from her post. Murkowski, whose write-in campaign against GOP nominee Joe Miller has created a rift between her and party leaders, has resigned her position as vice chairwoman of the Senate Republican Conference. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) has taken her leadership post.

* A new Quinnipiac poll shows tea party candidate Carl Paladino (R) closing big time and trailing state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) by just six points in the New York governor's race. Meanwhile, the pollster shows former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) holds a seven-point lead on Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

* A new Reuters/Ipsos poll in Arkansas shows Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has gained five points on Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.), but she still trails him 53 percent to 39 percent.

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said that he's "not ready" to run for president.

* A new Anzalone Liszt poll conducted for Rep. Ron Klein's (D-Fla.) campaign shows Klein holds a 48 percent-to-40 percent lead on retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West (R).


* NBC's Matt Lauer speaks with President Obama about education for half an hour on "The Today Show," Monday at 8 a.m.

* CNN will host a nationally televised debate between Florida governor hopefuls Rick Scott (R) and Alex Sink (D) on Oct. 25.

* California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), GOP governor candidate Meg Whitman, and Democratic governor candidate Jerry Brown will all appear onstage together Oct. 26 at the Women's Conference, hosted by Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver.

* A federal investigation in West Virginia is looking at a $150 million roads project connecting Gov. Joe Manchin's (D) hometown to Interstate 79, according to WSAZ-TV. Manchin is running for Senate. Does the probe hurt him?

* Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) also parted ways with pollster Anzalone Liszt two months ago when he lost his media consultant and chief of staff. And someone close to the pollster is bad-mouthing Quinn, just as his media consultant did. Can he run a capable campaign down the stretch?


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By Aaron Blake  | September 22, 2010; 5:04 PM ET
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