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Afternoon Fix: Quinn wins in Illinois; Howard Dean won't primary Obama; president reaches out to GOP leaders

Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Mark Kirk (R) share a beer after their hard fought Illinois Senate race. Credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images

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* Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has been declared the winner in his race against state Sen. Bill Brady (R), according to AP. Early today, Brady said he was still exploring his options, even though his deficit had grown to 20,000 votes.

* Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has joined Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) in ruling out a primary challenge to President Obama in 2012. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who just won reelection, reinforces that he isn't running either.

* President Obama has invited Republican leaders to the White House on Nov. 18 for a bipartisan meeting to discuss the 112th Congress.

* Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will not seek to regain her position in the Senate GOP leadership if, as appears likely, she wins her write-in campaign for reelection.

* Minnesota state Rep. Tom Emmer (R) trails former Sen. Mark Dayton (D) by nearly 9,000 votes in that state's governor's race. The race is expected to go to a recount, but Emmer faces a difficult equation.

* Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) said Thursday that he won't run against Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) in 2012, according to AP's Phil Elliott.


* Nobody seems to want to be the next Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman. Turning it down so far: Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.).

* Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) impending challenge to the party leaders' choice for Republican conference chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), sets up a nice little tea party vs. establishment battle that we saw in so many Republican primaries this year. But it's much tougher for the tea party to win that matchup when the voters are members of Congress - i.e. the establishment.

* Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) may ask for a recount, after his deficit was cut by about one-fifth in vote-counting Wednesday. The AP has called the race for Republican Renee Ellmers, who leads by more than 1,600 votes.

* House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) sits down with Fox News's Bret Baier in an interview airing at 6 p.m. eastern time.

* Want to get to know all these new senators, governors and congressmen? The Washington Post's WhoRunsGov has got you covered. Check out our new member profiles here.


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By Aaron Blake  | November 4, 2010; 5:08 PM ET
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