Palin Real Estate Hunting In Iowa: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's staff is shopping for office space in Iowa, another step that will stoke will-she-or-won't-she speculation for 2012. The Guardian reports: "In the course of making arrangements for that tour, two aides organizing Palin's visit to Des Moines on [Nov. 27] told locals they were looking into office space and other logistical needs for the coming year, the Guardian has learned...Some of her staff now appear to be putting the pieces in place in case Palin does decide to run. One of the aides, who only eats kosher food, told a local rabbi he was looking into longer term arrangements in Iowa." http://bit.ly/avtsSd And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), another potential 2012 contender, also raised expectations for Palin this weekend, telling the Des Moines Register that Palin could be a "force" in 2012. Huckabee: "No question, she will be a very, very strong presence and force, if she gets in...You know, she may run away with it. And that's one of those things everyone needs to be prepared for...If I get in, I prefer she not and that she endorse me." http://bit.ly/9iwhGz Results: Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) is claiming that he has taken the lead in his race against Republican Randy Altschuler. Bishop's camp says the congressman is now up 15 votes. Both sides have challenged several hundred absentee ballots but Bishop's team says Altschuler has challenged more so Bishop's lead may be larger. There are still 5,000 ballots yet to be counted. Full results in that race aren't expected until at least Wednesday. This one will likely go on for a while longer. http://bit.ly/9qEWo3 While things appear to be looking up for Bishop, it's looking grim for Rep. Dan Maffei. As the counting of absentee ballots ended over the weekend, Republican Ann Marie Buerkle increased her lead to 567 votes. The next step in that race is lawyers will head to court to contest a handful of disputed absentee ballots. Maffei has also indicated he may seek a recount. http://bit.ly/aSx29r And out in California, Democratic Reps. Jim Costa and Jerry McNerney appear to be expanding their leads over their Republican challengers. They should be declared winners any day by the AP. So for those of your keeping score at home, it looks increasingly likely that Republican Blake Farenthold will hold on against Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas), which would bring the Republican gains in the House to +62. If Buerkle holds on, that's +63 and the Bishop-Altschuler match up is the GOP's best shot at getting to +64. http://bit.ly/byaSQg
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