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President Obama gave a press conference today on last night's elections results, and said he learned some important lessons from the outcome. "I'm not recommending for future presidents that they take a shellacking like I did last night," he said, because "there are easier ways to learn these lessons."

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Here's a quick update on the statewide races that may or may not be seeing recounts, election contests, graphology examinations, Brooks Brothers riots, etc.:

• In the Alaska Senate race, it's not a recount so much as a protracted and unusual vote count -- it could take weeks to sort through the 41% of ballots that were write-in votes, to determine how many them constitute valid, legal votes for incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowsi against Republican nominee Joe Miller.

• In the Connecticut gubernatorial race, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) has declared that Democrat Dan Malloy will win the race, without a recount. Republican Tom Foley is not conceding, maintaining that his campaign's internal numbers have them on track for a 2,000-vote win.

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Both sides are claiming victory in the House race in Virginia's 11th district, which may be the closest contest in the country. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Gerry Connolly is leading Republican Keith Fimian by just 487 votes.

The three-member electoral board of Faixfax County is currently in the midst of canvassing the election results, a spokeswoman for the country government confirmed to TPMMuckraker. One of the individuals sitting on that board is Hans von Spakovsky, a Bush-era Justice Department official who came under fire from Democrats after allegations that he helped politicize the Civil Rights Division and placed an undue emphasis on voter fraud and identification that critics say often suppresses minority voter turnout.

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1||Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin has defeated Republican businessman John Raese in West Virginia, one of the few bright spots for Democrats during an otherwise rough night.

America chose a lot of other new senators last night. Here they are.||Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom&&

2||Republican Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite, beat Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky, one of the most high-profile races in the country.||ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

3||Republican Marco Rubio won out in a three-way race for Senate in Florida, beating Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D).||Martin Fried/UPI/Newscom&&

4||Despite the national attention given to Republican Christine O'Donnell, Democrat Chris Coons won handily in Delaware. ||flickr/chriscoons&&

5||Democrat Richard Blumenthal bested former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R) in Connecticut, keeping a Democrat in Sen. Chris Dodd's seat.||Richard Messina/MCT/Newscom&&

6||After beating Democrat Tracy Porter, Republican John Hoeven will be North Dakota's first Republican senator in 24 years.||Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

7||In Kansas, Republican Rep. Jerry Moran -- a 14-year veteran of the House -- beat Democrat Lisa Johnston||Moran for Kansas&&

8||Republican John Boozman gave the GOP a boost when he beat incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) in Arkansas.||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

9||Republican Dan Coats -- a former senator-turned-lobbyist -- beat Democrat Brad Ellsworth in Indiana for Sen. Evan Bayh's seat.||facebook/CoatsforIndiana&&

10||In the battle for Sen. Judd Gregg's seat, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) beat Democrat Paul Hodes.||facebook/kellyayotte&&

11||Former Rep. Rob Portman (R) beat Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) in Ohio.||facebook/robportman&&

12||Progressive icon Sen. Russ Feingold fell to Republican businessman Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.||ronjohnson2010&&

13||Republican Rep. Mark Kirk won his battle with Alexi Giannoulias, snatching President Obama's old Senate seat away from the Democrats.||Chris Walker/MCT/Newscom&&

14||Former Republican Rep. Roy Blunt beat Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D).||facebook/royblunt&&

15||Republican Mike Lee handily beat Democratic restaurateur Sam Granato in Utah||flickr/mikeleeforsenate2010&&

16||In a tough race, Republican Pat Toomey beat Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania.||newscom/John Anderson/UPI&&

Embattled RNC Chair Michael Steele told me this morning that last night's election results should settle a few controversies about his leadership position. But he admitted his rocky tenure has been a tough one for many establishment types to swallow, and he wouldn't commit to running for a second term as chair of the RNC.

"I'm not a conventional player, I speak my mind and I learned very quickly in this job that's a very dangerous thing to do," Steele told me on a conference call with reporters to talk about the GOP's sweeping wins last night. Steele said he has learned "to be a little more careful, a little more measured, a little more sensitive if you will."

"The learning curve was steep and quick, but I got it," Steele said.

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The possible gubernatorial recount in Minnesota, where Democratic former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton leads Republican state Rep. Tom Emmer by just over 9,000 votes, has another possible ramification. It is now possible that if the process were to drag on into January, the current GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential Republican presidential candidate, could stay on as governor for an extra while.

As you might recall, the legal processes in Minnesota forbid the certifying of an election result until the disputes have truly been resolved in the state courts. In the recount of the 2008 Senate election, this meant that the seating of Democratic Sen. Al Franken was delayed until all the way into July 2009. But while a Senate seat can go vacant and American governance continues, what would happen to the executive branch of the state in case of an election dispute?

As the Star Tribune reports, the relevant language in the state constitution declares: "The term of office for the governor and lieutenant governor is four years and until a successor is chosen and qualified."

This would would appear to mean that Pawlenty would remain in office as the current governor, if a recount and any potential legal issues were to continue -- and Pawlenty has now issued a statement indicating that he would do exactly that.

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There are still votes to count, and the tally remains close. But Sen. Michael Bennet is declaring victory over Republican Ken Buck in the Colorado Senate race.

With 2,884 of 3,246 precincts reporting, Bennet leads 47.72%-46.81%. The Denver Post and 9News have both declared Bennet the winner, though the Post notes that if the final vote totals are within .5% of each other, an automatic recount will be required.

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At a GOP press conference on Capitol Hill this morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wasted no time in continuing his attack on the Democratic party by accusing members of missing the message of last night's election -- less than 24 hours after polls closed.

"Listening to what they've had to say this morning, they may have missed the message," McConnell warned. "I get the impression that their view is that we haven't cooperated enough. I think what the American people were saying yesterday is they appreciated us saying 'no' to things that the American people indicated that they were not in agreement with."

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Rudy Giuliani thinks Sarah Palin should run for President in 2012: "She's got a hell of a lot more qualifications than Barack Obama had when he ran for President."

"Let her run," he said on The View today. "If she's as bad as you think, she'll lose. If she can really make her case, she will win."

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