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Afternoon Fix: Pelosi to run for minority leader; Bruning cues up Nelson challenge two years early; Foley not giving up in Connecticut

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* Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will run for minority leader now that Democrats have been kicked out of power. Republicans hailed the decision, while current Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and current Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) may run against each other for minority whip.

* Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) has launched an exploratory committee for a run against Sen. Ben Nelson (D) in 2012, becoming the first major Senate candidate to dip his toe in the water. Nelson is regarded as perhaps the most vulnerable senator up this cycle.

* Former Ambassador Tom Foley (R) is leaving open the possibility of requesting a recount and/or filing a legal challenge in the Connecticut governor's race. Results from Bridgeport handed Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy (D) a lead, which the secretary of state's office shows now stands at 5,644 votes. The race has previously been called by both AP and the secretary of state. "We are being laughed at around this country," Foley said.

* A recount of the Minnesota governor's race would begin Nov. 29 and end Dec. 14, according to a draft schedule released by Minnesota's secretary of state.

* A day after the race was called in Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) favor, state Sen. Bill Brady (R) conceded.

* Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) has claimed victory over Republican Keith Fimian, with his lead standing at 958 votes.


* In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer set to air Monday night, former President George W. Bush recounts the episode that led him to stop drinking and said he wasn't an alcoholic in the 1980s since he didn't have a chemical addiction. Bush also acknowledges the Hurricane Katrina flyover picture was a "huge mistake" and that it made him look "detached and uncaring."

* Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly said while in New Zealand that she won't run for president in either 2012 or 2016, but that the country "should be" ready for a female president.

* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said Republicans didn't take over the Senate because "we didn't turn up the strongest candidates." Will others acknowledge that publicly?

* To no one's surprise, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will not serve a third term as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Potential successors include Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.).

* The most accurate polls of the 2010 election came from Quinnipiac University and SurveyUSA, while the least accurate came from Rasmussen Reports and CNN/Opinion Research, according to Nate Silver.


One of these men is an elected official in the Philippines.

By Aaron Blake  | November 5, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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