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2010: The GOP's 'poor choices'

Lindsey Graham, who is not loved by the right wing, said in a floor speech on Sunday: "The House had a dramatic election. We picked up seats in the Senate. Some of us thought, maybe we could pick up two or three more, but we made some pretty poor choices when it came to candidates."

ALASKA: The Alaska Dispatch suggests several motivations that may be driving Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller’s legal challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in victory. “Political analysts agree the various motives -- principle, image, weakening Murkowski, money -- are plausible, but don't think they're all wise undertakings. The balancing act between hurting your enemy and hurting yourself is one they're not convinced will work to Miller's advantage.”

CALIFORNIA: CA-11: “California Republican David Harmer has officially conceded defeat to Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) more than a month after Election Day,” The Hill writes. “McNerney was declared the winner by the AP over a week ago and had already pronounced himself the victor, but it wasn't until late Friday that Harmer actually phoned the Democrat to concede.”

MINNESOTA: “The first stage of Minnesota’s gubernatorial recount ended Friday as Hennepin County finished hand tallying roughly 470,000 ballots cast on Election Day and joined the state’s other 86 counties in taking a breather before the State Canvassing Board meets this week,” Minnesota Daily reports. “Republican Tom Emmer still trails DFL opponent Mark Dayton by 8,675 votes… The board is scheduled to finish reviewing challenged ballots Friday and is set to declare the election Dec. 14.”

NEW YORK: NY-1: In the lone House race not yet called, Newsday writes, “[E]lections officials opened another batch of previously contested paper ballots Friday in the close race between Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop and his Republican challenger, Randy Altschuler. After the most recent count was completed at midday, Bishop held a 271-vote edge, his spokesman said, while the Altschuler campaign said the Bishop lead was 264. However, more than 1,400 paper ballots remain to be counted.”