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Posted at 5:29 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Afternoon Fix: Sarah Palin going to India

By Chris Cillizza

Sarah Palin is headed to India, there could be another fight between Republicans and conservatives in upstate New York, and Indiana's Republican Senate leader says trying to pass right-to-work legislation was "a mistake."

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* Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney are all tied in Republicans' eyes, according to a new Gallup poll. They are the only candidates in the crowded field of potential candidates who register double-digit support. The results are based on interviews conducted Feb. 18-20, with 1,326 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents on the Gallup Daily survey. Huckabee's support has increased in Gallup polls since last year; Romney's has decreased a bit.

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign today announced a new phase of its "Drive to 25" campaign, using automated and live phone calls, web ads and e-mails to target 50 House Republicans. The messages attack GOP lawmakers over their budget votes.

* Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is adding four members to his political action committee's New Hampshire team: Former mayoral candidate Richard Girard, student Brock Weber, and small business owners Charlie and Laura Morgan.

* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was prank-called yesterday by an alt-weekly reporter pretending to be billionaire libertarian David Koch. The two spoke for 20 minutes about anti-Walker protests in Madison. "The phone call shows that the Governor says the same thing in private as he does in public and the lengths that others will go to disrupt the civil debate Wisconsin is having," a spokesperson said.

* Sarah Palin has responded to reports that she has a second, secret Facebook account: [T]here's always buzz about fake Sarah Palin Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please know that this is my only authentic Facebook account and SarahPalinUSA is my only authentic Twitter account. Pay no attention to the fake accounts and their fake messages." The other account has been taken offline.


* Sarah Palin is going to India next month, where she will speak at the annual "India Today Conclave." Other speakers include India's prime minister and Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei.

* David Bellavia is officially exploring a third-party bid in the NY-26 race, a move that could split the GOP vote. Republicans considered Bellavia, a tea party favorite, but ultimately chose Assemblywoman Jane Corwin. The situation closely resembles the one in a 2009 New York special election, where conservatives balked at the Republican nominee and ultimately helped a Democrat win a safe GOP seat.

* Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will be the keynote speaker at a New Hampshire GOP fundraiser on March 29, his first trip to the state since starting his new gig. State GOP chairman Jack Kimball reportedly had many personal conversations with Priebus to secure his appearance.

* The Republican leader of the Indiana Senate said today that controversial right-to-work legislation was "a mistake." The bill, which died in the state House, inspired protests and led Democratic lawmakers to leave the state. Gov. Mitch Daniels has taken heat from conservatives for wanting the legislation dropped. Today, he argued that Indiana is already far ahead of other states in pushing back on public unions, saying in a statement: "Been there, done that, six years ago."

* Daniels will deliver the keynote address at the Hamilton County GOP Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner in Cincinnati, Ohio tonight. Last year's speaker was Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

* Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) will be in Washington next week for a Chamber of Commerce breakfast. He's speaking as part of an event called "The Impact of State Employment Policies on Job Growth: A 50-State Review."


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By Chris Cillizza  | February 23, 2011; 5:29 PM ET
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