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Too Close To Call: Update On Deadlocked Races

Election Day was nearly two weeks ago, but nine races are still up in the air. Here is a breakdown of what's left.

Senate

Alaska: Looks like the writing is on the wall for Republican Joe Miller. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is maintaining 89 percent of the write-in votes unchallenged by the Miller camp, which should be enough to get her the victory.

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 5:59pm

Outgoing Govs Likely To Stay In The Limelight

In less than two months, 27 sitting governors will leave their jobs. Two, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven (R) and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D), will move to D.C. to become senators. But the other 25 will have plenty of free time to examine new job opportunities.

And, among that 25 there are a few that we haven't seen the last of, and another few that we hope will stick around.

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:54pm

Hutchison Facing Challenge(s) From The Right

One of the biggest Tea Party versus establishment showdowns of 2012 may already be shaping up in Texas, as several contenders are readying campaigns to challenge Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) next year.

Hutchison has given few public signals whether she will be seeking re-election. She was anticipated to vacate the seat after her gubernatorial bid this year. But, since she lost the Republican primary to Gov. Rick Perry (R), she has not said whether she will run in 2012.

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 2:45pm

Starting Lineup: Welcome To Washington

Good Monday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: The newly-elected members of Congress descend on Capitol Hill as the lame-duck session kicks off; Democrats face two distractions -- Heath Shuler's (D-N.C.) half-hearted challenged to Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Charlie Rangel's (D-N.Y.) ethics trial; D Day for Joe Miller (R) in Alaska; Mark McKinnon, in his ninja pajamas, sitting out 2012 so far; the newest senators and Bill Clinton shoots a cameo for "The Hangover 2."

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 8:41am

Video: Obama Comes Home Empty Handed; W. and Kanye Solve Their Problems

Pres. Obama takes heat for coming home from Asia without a trade agreement and David Letterman tunes in for "Sarah Palin's Alaska": "But I think the name of the Sarah Palin show is 'Bleep My Ex-Governor Says'."

Today's Don't Miss Moment: 0:26 George W. Bush and Kanye West Make Up On SNL's Weekend Update.

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 8:18am

What We Learned: Looking Ahead To 2012

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- The Alaska Senate race could be over soon. While attorney Joe Miller (R) has filed a lawsuit over the issue of "voter intent" on the write-in ballots, there's a scenario in which those challenged ballots won't even matter. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) needs 88 percent of the write-ins to maintain her lead over Miller. She is currently holding strong, as 89 percent of the write-ins so far have gone for her and have been unchallenged. Of course, if this changes, the outcome will have to go to court.

Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 1:42pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

The deficit commission recommendations to cut the deficit and the upcoming debate on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts in the lame-duck session of Congress will dominate the weekend shows. "This Week" will feature Senate Budget Committee Chair Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) while "Face the Nation" hosts Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Both "Meet the Press" and "Fox News Sunday" host senior White House adviser David Axelrod, in his first Sunday appearance since the midterm elections.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 4:06pm

GOP Maxes Out In Florida, Sets Stage For 2012 Fights

The Republican wins in Florida that grabbed the most headlines last week were the Senate race -- where Republican rising star Marco Rubio (R) trounced independent Gov. Charlie Crist -- and the governor's race -- where Republican businessman Rick Scott (R) defeated Democrat Alex Sink.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 2:16pm

Nielsen: Most Political Ads Ever Aired In 2010

If you thought more political ads than ever populated your television viewing in October, it wasn't your imagination. According to Nielsen data, voters were treated to 1.48 million political ads this October, up from 1.41 million in October of 2008.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 12:06pm

Video: W. Regrets 'Mission Accomplished'; Christine O'Donnell Talks To The Hand

As George W. Bush makes the TV rounds promoting his memoir, the late night hosts miss no opportunity to use the ex-President's own words against him. Jon Stewart, on Bush regretting the 'Mission Accomplished' banner: "Two years to ponder a question you knew was going to be asked and the best you could come up with is, 'Yeh, good going there men and women, great mission or something'."

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 8:50am