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Afternoon Fix: Romney endorses in Colorado, Wyoming and Washington; Carnahan slams Blunt on bailout

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-- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is endorsing and making contributions to nine new Republican candidates in Colorado, Washington and Wyoming. In Colorado, Romney is endorsing Senate nominee Ken Buck, House nominees Ryan Frazier (7th district), Cory Gardner (4th) and Scott Tipton (3rd), state Attorney General nominee John Suthers and state Treasurer nominee Walker Stapleton. In Wyoming, he's supporting gubernatorial nominee Matt Mead and Rep. Cynthia Lummis. And in Washington, he's backing Senate nominee Dino Rossi, who Romney said "will stand up to the Washington culture of higher spending, higher debt, and higher taxes."

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

-- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) announced today that she is endorsing new candidates including Montgomery Councilor Martha Roby (R) in Alabama's 2nd district, nurse Renee Ellmers (R) in North Carolina's 2nd, state Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) in Indiana's 2nd and former state Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) in Missouri's 4th.

-- Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) is up with another new TV ad hitting her Senate rival, Rep. Roy Blunt (R), for his role in the financial industry bailout.

-- President Obama said today that he has "no regrets" about his remarks on the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also weighed in, saying that "where a place of worship is located is a local decision."

-- Patriot Majority, a Democratic-aligned independent group, is launching a new ad in the Nevada Senate race targeting former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) for citing Chile as a model for how the United States can privatize Social Security.

-- Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) is leading state Rep. Raul Labrador (R) 52 percent to 29 percent, while Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) bests former Harvard professor Keith Allred (D) by 47 percent to 36 percent, according to a new poll by Republican pollster Greg Strimple.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

-- Obama headlines a Miami fundraiser tonight for Florida Democrats, including Rep. Kendrick Meek and state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. How far will he wade into the contentious primary between Meek and billionaire real estate developer Jeff Greene?

-- Meanwhile, how close will Sink want to appear with Obama? (Is the fact that she won't be meeting the president on the tarmac an indication that her camp is wary of Obama's declining approval rating rubbing off?

-- On the heels of yesterday's losses by former Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier (R) in the Washington Senate race and state Auditor Rita Meyer (R) in the Wyoming gubernatorial primary, does Palin recalibrate her endorsement strategy?

-- Romney plans to campaign with former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) in the Hawkeye State this fall.

THE FIX MIX

-- The ripples return:

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Felicia Sonmez  | August 18, 2010; 5:17 PM ET
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