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Pence Wins Values Voters '12 Vote; Palin Places Fifth

Updated at 4:40 p.m.

In a surprising outcome, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was announced this afternoon as the preferred 2012 Republican presidential nominee among social conservatives in a Values Voters Summit straw poll.

Pence squeezed by in a small margin against former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- last year's winner by a landslide -- earning 170 votes out of 723 cast over two days.

Posted: Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 3:58pm

What We Learned: Rolling Stones And No Moss

-- Republican incumbents, make a note for next cycle: When faced with a Tea Party candidate, it doesn't matter how long a shot he or she has. That rival can beat you, and so help you God if the Tea Party Express gets involved. Rep. Mike Castle (R) found that out the hard way this week in what can only be characterized as the upset of the cycle, when marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell (R) defeated him Tuesday.

Posted: Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 6:30am

Murkowski Will Run As Write-In

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will run for re-election as a write-in candidate after losing her bid for renomination, according to sources briefed on Murkowski's decision.

Murkowski's decision will set up a 3-way battle between the incumbent, Miller and Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D), potentially turning the race on its head. Private 3-way polling has shown Miller leading, but by a narrow margin.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 4:19pm

Joe Manchin's Path To Victory In WV SEN

We know it's only been a few hours since we first looked at the West Virginia Senate race, but we wanted you to have both sides of this one before the weekend.

Earlier, we took a close look at how businessman John Raese (R) can pull off what, at this point, would be considered a substantial upset in the West Virginia special Senate election.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 4:17pm

National Conservatives Welcome O'Donnell

With little subtlety, attendees at the Values Voters Summit on Friday made it clear which speaker most of them were there to see. Despite the more fervent and perhaps even incendiary speeches preceding hers, Senate nominee and latest Tea Party poster child Christine O'Donnell (R) required the shortest introduction and elicited by far the largest applause upon taking the stage.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 4:16pm

The Connection Between Senate and Governor's Races

As governors races go, so goes the U.S. Senate? There is some evidence to suggest a correlation between the two. Since 1994, Republicans have won 25 Senate seats either by beating Democratic incumbents, or winning seats that were open. In 19 of those cases, the state either had or elected a Republican governor that year. Democrats have also won 25 Senate races either by beating Republican incumbents or winning seats that were open. 15 of these states had or elected Democratic governors that same year.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 4:16pm

Santorum To Conservatives: Stay Focused On '12

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) told crowds at the Values Voters Summit on Friday that Nov. 2 is not the be-all, end-all solution to government that many Tea Partiers are hoping for.

Santorum, who has made no secret of his '12 aspirations, advised conservative voters and activists to "stay focused... on 2012."

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 4:10pm

The Week Ahead in Tech and Telecom

Monday: T-Mobile will host a 9:30 am breakfast briefing to make the case for why America needs the D block auction. Featured speakers include former Motorola CTO Dennis Roberson. Google hosts a 2:00 pm discussion on "10 Things You Don't Know About Online Advertising" Tuesday: The FCC will hold a 2:00 pm meeting of the Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 3:20pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

This weekend, a Clinton will appear on all three of the network broadcasts. Bill Clinton will be on both "Meet the Press" and "Face the Nation" while Hillary Clinton will sit down with "This Week"'s Christiane Amanpour. Look out for the showdown between Karl Rove and DE SEN nominee Christine O'Donnell (R) on "Fox News Sunday." And HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher is back tonight for another season.

Sunday

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 2:35pm

EXCLUSIVE: The Deep Dish on the FCC's Secret Pizza Party with Reporters

With his signature regulatory proposals falling like dominos, Julius Genachowski, the FCC's crusty chairman, held a secret pizza dinner Tuesday with a select group of journalists in an apparent effort to repair his reputation and stem a tide of mushrooming problems. Top aides to Genachowski -- Chief of Staff Eddie Lazarus, Senior Counselor Josh Gottheimer, Chief Counsel and Senior Legal Advisor Rick Kaplan and agency spokeswoman Jen Howard -- gave reporters plenty to chew on.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 12:43pm