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Afternoon Fix: Republican Keith Fimian concedes in Virginia's 11th District; Newt Gingrich says he's "probably fourth" among White House contenders

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* Republican Keith Fimian has conceded to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) in Virginia's 11th District, saying that "while we believe that there are a small number of ballots containing votes that have not yet been counted, we are confident based on the canvass that it is not enough to change the outcome of this contest."

* In an appearance on "The View," former House speaker Newt Gingrich cited former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) as the likely frontrunners of the 2012 White House field and cited himself as "probably fourth."

* Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) has hired as his chief of staff Joyce Kaufman, a south Florida conservative talk radio commentator who is known for making incendiary remarks on illegal immigration and who dismissed outgoing Democratic leaders as "garbage".

* The National Republican Senatorial Committee slammed Sen.-elect Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in a statement, contending that Manchin "plans to side with his anti-coal, pro-stimulus Democrat party bosses over the best interests of his constituents."


* Today, the Alaska Division of Elections is slated to begin counting the bulk of absentee ballots in the state's three-way Senate race. The big action begins tomorrow, though, when the write-in ballot count kicks off. Attorney Joe Miller (R) told CNN on Tuesday that he's "cautiously optimistic."

* The recount in the Minnesota gubernatorial race could stretch into January or later - a development that could end up benefiting Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), who could remain in office and work together with the newly-Republican state Senate and Legislature to pass a number of big GOP agenda items.

* Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who likely faces a tough re-election bid in 2012, said that he may step down as Budget Committee chairman for a chance to help shape the farm bill as chairman of the Agriculture Committee.


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With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake.

By Chris Cillizza  | November 9, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
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