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Afternoon Fix: The day after - Sen. Michael Bennet wins in Colorado and Rick Scott wins in Florida; Republicans +60 House, +6 Senate; Pence for president?

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

* Sen. Michael Bennet (D) was declared the winner in the Colorado Senate race this afternoon, holding Senate GOP gains at six seats, for the time being. Meanwhile, Republican former health care executive Rick Scott won the Florida governor's race this morning. Other updates from today show Republicans winning the Maine governor's race and Democrats the Connecticut and Vermont governor's races.

* Still waiting on Alaska Senate, Washington Senate, Illinois governor, Minnesota governor and Oregon governor. "Write-in" leads in Alaska by nearly 7 percent, which bodes very well for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), but those write-ins won't begin being tabulated until next Wednesday. Democrats currently hold small leads in Washington and Minnesota, while Republican former NBA player Chris Dudley leads in Oregon.

* The defeat of House transportation committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) early Wednesday morning gave Republicans a net gain of 60 seats so far. We're now waiting on fewer than 10 districts, most in which the Republican leads by a small margin.

* President Obama held a post-election press conference today in which he termed the big Democratic losses a "shellacking" and said "it feels bad."

* Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) is stepping down from House GOP leadership in order to weigh other options - most likely a 2012 presidential or governor campaign.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

* Leadership battles begin: Would-be Senate Majority Leaders Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have reiterated their support for current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who was reelected Tuesday. Meanwhile, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is expected to take outgoing Sen. Blanche Lincoln's (D-Ark.) Senate agriculture committee chairmanship. And in the House, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is preparing to challenge Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) for the open Republican conference chairmanship.

* Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton - wary of losing the early recount battles like the state GOP did in 2008 - came out forcefully early today, all but suggesting voter fraud in Hennepin County has given former Sen. Mark Dayton (D) a leg up in the state's still-uncalled governor's race.

* Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) trailed his opponent by nearly three points with 100 percent of Tuesday's vote counted. But more than 100,000 absentee and provisional ballots had yet to be counted in Fresno and Kings Counties, many of which could factor in Costa's district.

* Sen.-elect Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is already tamping down presidential/vice presidential talk, saying the attention is "flattering and fleeting" and there will soon "be somebody else out there who's the flavor of the month."

* The massive shifts that we saw in among independents in the New Jersey and Virginia governor's races last year played out again Tuesday, according to exit polls.

THE FIX MIX

Bieber's got nothing on this kid.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  | November 3, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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