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Starting Lineup: Hoyer's Early Lead

A Post Election Bump? But Obama appears to be getting a slight post midterm bump in Gallup's daily tracking. According to their latest survey, Obama now has a 47 percent approval rating -- up from 43 percent leading up to and on Election Day last week. Here's the interesting thing: In 1994 and 2006, Pres. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton saw their approval ratings go down after their parties suffered major midterm losses. Gallup says the uptick could be the result of either Obama's trip abroad, the recent stock market rally or how he has reacted to Democratic defeats last Tuesday. Presidential Power Rankings. And it's never too early to start thinking about 2012. Today the Hotline debuts its Presidential Power Rankings assessing the strengths and weaknesses of all the potential GOP challengers to Obama in 2012. Check it out here.

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