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Starting Lineup: Romney Tacks Right

Allen, Webb Neck-And-Neck Former Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) and Sen. Jim Webb (D) are virtually tied in a hypothetical 2012 rematch, according to a new poll from the Clarus Research Group. Webb led Allen 41 percent to 40 percent in the survey. The poll comes the same day that a Virginia judge ruled that a critical part of Pres. Obama's health care reform is unconstitutional, a case that Allen had already highlighting as he prepares for a Senate campaign (and one Webb has looked uncomfortable addressing lately). Allen op-ed: McMahon's Return? Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R) may not be done with politics since she lost the Connecticut Senate race this year. Roll Call reports that McMahon has scheduled a meeting with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair John Cornyn (R-Texas) to, presumably, talk about her political future. The most obvious next race for McMahon would be challenging Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) in 2012. Indiana Holding Pattern: Indiana Democrats appear to be stuck in neutral on both the 2012 gubernatorial and Senate races. All eyes are on Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel, who, according to sources in the state, has done more to prepare for a statewide run than anyone else. But Weinzapfel has said he won't make any decision to after the New Year. Important to watch: Whether Weinzapfel files for another mayoral run in 2011. If he doesn't, it's a likely sign he is running for governor. Democrat sources say the Senate race is a much lower priority than the gubernatorial contest. In fact, don't expect a top tier Senate contender to emerge unless Sen. Richard Lugar (R) gets a strong Tea Party primary challenge. Others to watch -- for both the Senate and gubernatorial race -- are former state House Speaker John Gregg (D), Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) and outgoing Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D). Jim Sheila reports that Donnelly will wait to see how his congressional district looks after redistricting before making a decision.

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