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Ortiz Concedes, GOP Picks Up Number 62

Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) conceded his contest late Monday to Rep.-elect Blake Farenthold (R), after a recount could not overturn a nearly 800-vote lead for the Republican.

Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 8:51am

Video:Hillary Clinton Gets A Pat Down; Bristol Stirs Up DWTS Drama

Jimmy Fallon isn't impressed with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's new book and Jimmy Kimmel is seriously worried that Bristol Palin might win "Dancing With The Stars": "Bristol Palin who isn't any good at all, but who's mother has an army of Eskimo robots voting for her 24 hours a day."

Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 8:38am

The 10 Worst Campaign Ads Of 2010

Sometimes the ads that are the most fun to watch are the ones that are cringeworthy -- and there were plenty of them this year.

On Monday, we brought you our 10 favorite ads of cycle and, of course, no Top 10 list is complete without its counterpart -- the 10 worst ads.

So from children pawing Rep. Alan Grayson's (D-Fla.) face, to the infamous "Hicky" ad to a hot dog eating contest, here are our picks as the worst ads of the cycle.

Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 8:29am

The Ultimate State-By-State Guide To Political Media, Part 1

One of the tricks of the Hotline trade is that our staffers spend hours each weekday reading hundreds of newspapers from every state in the nation. That allows us to produce coverage of campaigns and politics at the state level. It also means we get to know (and mostly love) the press in the beats we cover -- from the Aberdeen American News to the Zanesville Times-Recorder.

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 3:14pm

The Top 10 Campaign Ads Of 2010

We at The Hotline saw virtually every political ad this cycle and by Election Day most of them just blended together.

A few, however, stood out - in a good way - and it was usually when the ad did something unexpected. So, from lumberjacks to boxing bags to firing ranges, here are The Hotline's Top 10 Ads of 2010.

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 12:32pm

Poll: Obama Re-Election Prospects Cloudy

While it is still early, Pres. Obama looks to be facing a challenging fight for re-election in 2012 as a near-majority of registered voters do not believe he deserves to be elected for another term, according a new Quinnipiac poll released Monday.

The Quinnipiac Poll found that 49 percent of respondents said Obama does not deserve to be re-elected while 43 percent say he does.

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 10:08am

Starting Lineup: D-Day For Miller (Again)

Good Monday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Joe Miller (R) gets another day in court; the Virginia GOP boosts George Allen(R) to run for his old Senate seat; Sarah Palin (R) goes shopping for office space in Iowa; Pete Hoekstra (R) considers a Senate run in Michigan and the latest results from the still outstanding House races.

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 8:35am

Video: The Difference Between Sarah Palin and Shakespeare

Jimmy Fallon is still impersonating George W. Bush and Seth Meyers goes after the Oxford Dictionary for naming former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (R) made up word "refudiate" the 2010 Word Of The Year: "Shakespeare crafted new words. Sarah Palin got into a word fender bender."

Jay Leno wishes Vice Pres. Joe Biden a happy birthday: "Pres. Obama got him a gag gift. Not a funny gift, it's an actual gag."

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 8:31am

Buerkle Builds Lead As Ballot Counting Nears End

The final county has counted its absentee ballots in Upstate New York, and it appears to have lifted Republican Ann Marie Buerkle (R) to a very narrow victory over Rep. Dan Maffei (D). The Syracuse Post-Standard says Buerkle now has a 567-vote lead.

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 4:26pm

What We Learned: Quit When You're Behind

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 3:20pm