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Afternoon Fix: Tom Dart won't run for Chicago mayor; Michael Steele gearing up to run for second term

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FIRST ON THE FIX

* With victory nearly assured, former Rep. Rob Portman's (R) Ohio Senate campaign has transferred $335,000 to the Ohio Republican Party and state GOP candidates. Portman gave $250,000 to the state GOP's federal victory committee, $34,000 for its state candidate fund, and about $11,400 each to GOP candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. He also gave $5,000 to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

* Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart (D) announced that he won't run for Chicago mayor, becoming the latest potential big-name contender to take a pass on the race.

* California Senate nominee Carly Fiorina (R) is slated to be released from the hospital later today and is expected to resume a full campaign schedule tomorrow.

* Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) released a new Florida Senate ad in which he warns of "the road Sarah Palin, the tea party and Marco Rubio want to take us down."

* The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching a new independent expenditure ad in the Pennsylvania Senate charging that Rep. Joe Sestak (D) would offer voters more of the status quo. Meanwhile, Sestak's camp released a radio ad featuring former President Bill Clinton.

* West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is up with a new TV ad saying that "both Democrats and Republicans are dead wrong -- they put their party first, their personal agenda second and our country last."

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

* Tonight's top debate to watch is in Illinois, where Senate hopefuls Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Mark Kirk (R) hold their final showdown. Other ones to keep an eye on will be tonight's gubernatorial debates in Maine, Georgia, New Hampshire and Rhode Island (where there's been a surprising amount of drama as of late). The Fix's 2010 Debate Guide has the deets.

* Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign has filed a joinder following a judge's ruling today that officials cannot hand out lists of write-in candidates at polling places. Meanwhile, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is slated to headline a rally in Anchorage tomorrow night for attorney Joe Miller (R).

* Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is reportedly preparing to run for re-election.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) campaigns for former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle's (R) Senate bid on Friday night.

* A new round of CNN/Time/Opinion Research polls shows Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) leading Fiorina 50 percent to 45 percent in the California Senate race, ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) leading state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) 50 percent to 43 percent in the Kentucky Senate race, Angle leading Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid 49 percent to 45 percent in Nevada and former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) leading Rep. Joe Sestak (D) 49 percent to 45 percent in the Pennsylvania Senate race. The poll also shows the Colorado Senate race in a dead heat.

THE FIX MIX

Dream a little dream.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Felicia Sonmez  | October 27, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
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