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Posted at 5:14 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Afternoon Fix: Gibbs jabs Romney, Snowe gets new primary challenger

By Chris Cillizza

Romney supporters are talking him up as the anti-Palin, Olympia Snowe has a tea party challenger, and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) won't endorse Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

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* Jan Brewer is not running for Senate: "Arizona faces serious issues and needs a full-time governor, and I intend to see this state's recovery to completion."

* Tea partier Andrew Ian Dodge announced at CPAC that he would challenge Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) in 2012. TPM has an interview with the hard-rock-loving, novel-writing activist.

* Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who refused to comment earlier this week on home state colleague Orrin Hatch, now says he won't endorse the endangered senior Republican (or anyone else) in next year's primary.

* In his last press briefing, outgoing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took a jab at Romney: "It will be interesting to see if, throughout the next two years, the two words health care come out of his mouth."


* Haley Barbour is holding a major fundraiser at the home of a prominent Washingtonian on March 2, another sign that he's inching towards a run to secure the GOP nomination.

* Romney supporters are talking him up at CPAC as the anti-Palin: "Intelligence versus not-so-intelligent."

* Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, fresh off his CPAC appearance, will head to Florida next week to sweet talk some state legislators.

* CPAC is still going, and we're still live-blogging. Tonight at 7:30, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will speak. Tomorrow we've got Haley Barbour at 9:30, Allen West at 5:30 and the Presidential Straw Poll in between. So follow along!


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By Chris Cillizza  | February 11, 2011; 5:14 PM ET
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