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5) South Carolina Republican Party executive director Joel Sawyer is stepping down to work for former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman if he makes a presidential bid. 4) As Hotline On Call first reported Monday, New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is launching his Senate campaign today. Sanchez, a Republican, will run to the right of former Rep. Heather Wilson in the GOP primary, and he'll be a formidable challenger with at least some capacity to self-fund and ability to reach out the state's quickly-growing Hispanic population. 3) The New York Times reports Democratic officials are trying to woo Elizabeth Warren to run against Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., instead of having her continue to set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 2) Kicking off his presidential campaign in Iowa on Tuesday, Tim Pawlenty pitched himself as a straight-talking candidate who would cut spending and eventually phase out ethanol subsidies. But when you bill yourself as a candidate who tells the truth, you're going to get checked on it. National Journal's Beth Reinhard takes a look at some of the claims Pawlenty made about his record. 1) It's election day in NY-26, and House Race Hotline Editor Jessica Taylor previews today's election with a primer on what to watch for. Democrat Kathy Hochul will need to do well in Erie County while Republican Jane Corwin will need an impressive showing in Monroe County and the rural parts of the district. On Monday, voters in the district were receiving calls from Bill Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, for Hochul and Corwin, respectively. Stay tuned to Hotline On Call for continuing coverage throughout the day and results after the polls close at 9 p.m. ET this evening.

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