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Starting Lineup: Murkowski Mows Down Palin

Minnesota's Recount Scheduled: The Minnesota gubernatorial recount is set to officially begin on Nov. 29, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced Monday. The most recent tally shows Democrat Mark Dayton leading Republican Tom Emmer by a seemingly insurmountable 8,755 votes. See the full recount schedule here: Don't Miss: Our rundown of the other races that are still up in the air, including seven House races. The two New York races, where Reps. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) and Tim Bishop trail, could conceivably be deadlocked well into December. Lugar Makes It Official: Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar (R), 78, is running for re-election next year, setting the stage for what could be a very divisive Tea Party versus the establishment primary. "Sen. Lugar is running again in 2012," Lugar advisor Mark Helmke told The Fix. "A vigorous campaign is planned." As Hotline On Call recently reported, Lugar's path to the GOP nomination will not be easy. Already state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), state Sen. Mike Delph (R) and 2010 Senate candidate Don Bates, Jr. (R), have all said they are considering running against Lugar in 2012 - and all would be running to his right. (Of course, if all these contenders run, a crowded field would benefit Lugar since they would likely split the conservative, anti-Lugar vote.), Gingrich Returns To Iowa: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who is squarely in the "will he or won't he" camp, is heading to Iowa on Tuesday. Gingrich will be at a Borders in Des Moines to sign copies of his new historical novel, "Valley Forge." Gingrich will also head to Iowa State University, where he'll headline an event sponsored by the College Republicans. Gingrich will also sign books in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday.

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