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Afternoon Fix: Republican Tom Foley concedes in Connecticut gubernatorial race; George Pataki mulling White House 2012 bid

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* Former Ambassador Tom Foley (R) conceded to former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy (D) in the Connecticut gubernatorial race, saying that after examining the results, "the election on Tuesday was a conclusive victory for Dan Malloy and should not be questioned."

* Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) told ABC News that he's mulling a bid for president in 2012. Pataki said he'll make a decision based on "who else is out there, and whether or not they have those characteristics we need to be able to win this election and govern successfully."

* State Sen. Tom Emmer (R) and the Minnesota Republican Party announced that Emmer is staffing up in anticipation of a recount in his gubernatorial bid against former Sen. Mark Dayton (D). Former state Republican Party Executive Director Ben Golnik will manage recount operations, attorney Matt Kirkpatrick will serve as director of lawyer recruitment and former 2nd District Republican Party Chair Janet Beihoffer will be director of volunteer recruitment. Meanwhile, Dayton has announced his transition team leadership.

* In an open letter, a group of nineteen prominent Democratic and Republican pollsters expressed concern about the proliferation of public polls that do not live up to the standards of the American Association of Public Opinion Research. "We would urge extreme caution in coverage of polls that do not meet these standards and would urge judgment of polls by them rather than by apparent accuracy in the closing weeks of campaigns," the pollsters wrote.

* According to Fox News Channel, Senate Republicans are making overtures to West Virginia Sen.-elect Joe Manchin (D) in an effort to lure him over to the GOP.


* There are 729 days until Election Day 2012 -- but ZERO days until the next Politics and Pints! Join The Fix posse tonight for our monthly night of good times and political trivia. 7 p.m. is the time, Capitol Lounge is the place.

* Quinnipiac University releases a poll tomorrow morning on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) approval and voters' attitudes about a potential Christie 2012 presidential bid.

* Set your TiVo: Marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell (R) will be on NBC's "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Wednesday night.

* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is heading to Iowa on Nov. 21 to deliver the keynote speech at the Iowa Family Policy Center's "Celebrate the Family" event.


These cleats were made for walkin'.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake.

By Felicia Sonmez  | November 8, 2010; 5:46 PM ET
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