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Afternoon Fix: Pelosi easily wins minority leader post; Boehner unanimous GOP choice for speaker; AP calls it for Murkowski

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* Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been elected minority leader by her fellow House Democrats, easily turning aside a nominal challenge from Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) by a margin of 150 votes to 43 votes. Prior to the vote, Democrats voted against a measure from Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) that would have delayed the vote and allowed members more time to process this month's election. The measure failed, 129 to 68.

* Meanwhile, Republicans unanimously selected current Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) as their choice for the next speaker, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was elected majority leader, and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) was reelected as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

* Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has won reelection, according to the AP, which would make her the first Senate candidate to win a write-in campaign since 1954. Murkowski has seen her lead balloon to more than 10,000 votes. But Republican nominee Joe Miller is reportedly asking for a hand recount.

* The Minnesota Republican Party and state Rep. Tom Emmer's (R) governor campaign have filed a petition with the state Supreme Court asking it to make sure that the number of votes in the Nov. 2 governor's race don't exceed the total number of voters. The petition commences a legal battle over the still-undecided race, which former Sen. Mark Dayton (D) leads by nearly 9,000 votes. A likely recount will begin Nov. 29.

* A new survey from Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) leading former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) 49 percent to 45 percent in a rematch of their 2006 campaign. Webb leads Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by double digits. Should Webb retire, Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine would perform similarly against Allen, Bolling and Cuccinelli.


* Sarah Palin tells the New York Times Magazine that she is indeed considering a run for president. The money quote: "I'm engaged in the internal deliberations candidly and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here." Another underliner: "I just tweet; that's just the way I roll."

* U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue says the chamber has no intention of working to defeat President Obama in 2012.

* Nearly half of Congress is comprised of millionaires, according to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.

* The Republican Governors Association's annual meeting kicks off today in San Diego. The event is often where the race for chairman of the Republican National Committee kicks off, and this year's race is expected to be a doozy.

*'s Erick Erickson, who has backed tea party challenges to more moderate Senate candidates, says Republicans should leave Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) alone in his 2012 primary. But will they abide?


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By Aaron Blake  | November 17, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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