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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Afternoon Fix: New York Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei concedes; Minnesota canvassing board launches gubernatorial recount

By Chris Cillizza

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* New York Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei has conceded to Republican Ann Marie Buerkle, handing Republicans their 63rd pick-up in the House. In a statement, Maffei congratulated Buerkle and said, "I wish her luck in the new Republican majority."

* Minnesota's State Canvassing Board has called for a hand recount in the state's gubernatorial contest, in which former Sen. Mark Dayton (D) currently leads state Sen. Tom Emmer (R) by 8,770 votes. The recount is slated to begin on Monday and finish by Dec. 14.

* Days after backing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for minority leader in a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting, New York Democratic Rep. Bill Owens said that it's "quite possible" that he'll vote for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) for speaker when the full House votes next year.

* Michigan Republican National Committee member Saul Anuzis now has ten votes in his RNC chairmanship bid, including several new endorsers who had backed current RNC chairman Michael Steele over Anuzis in 2009.


* Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who rode to victory on a wave of tea party support, is penning a book on the movement. "The Tea Party Goes to Washington" is slated for release in February 2011, shortly after Paul takes office.

* A McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll shows that 51 percent of registered voters want to keep or expand the national health care law. Independents are split on the law: 48 percent favor keeping or expanding it while 48 percent support repealing or restraining it.

* Businessman Steve Daines (R) is picking up support from some conservative groups in his bid to challenge Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) - even though Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), who would likely be Daines' major rival in the race, has yet to announce his plans.

* Media Matters' David Brock says that his new Democratic-leaning outside group, American Bridge, has already gathered $4 million in pledges.


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By Chris Cillizza  | November 23, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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