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5) A victory for Democrats and a setback for Republicans in Colorado: A judge has ruled in favor of a Democratic congressional map. Republicans can still appeal, however. 4) Among those who had nice things to say about former Surgeon General Richard Carmona -- who announced his intention to the run for Senate in Arizona on Thursday -- was Jessica Schultz, political director for Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. "Richard Carmona would make a great addition to the U.S. Senate," Schultz told the Arizona Republic. "Congresswoman Giffords is focused on her recovery in the hope of returning to work for Southern Arizona. She will make decisions about running for office sometime next year." 3) ABC News previews their interview with Giffords and husband Mark Kelly which will air on Monday, where the recovering congresswoman speaks on camera for the first time. 2) In Virginia, the AP reports that Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell will endorse former GOP Sen. George Allen's Senate bid on Friday. 1) Also in Virginia: Democratic state Sen. Edd Houck conceded the race in his district on Thursday, meaning that Republicans have picked up enough seats to bring the balance in the upper chamber to 20-20, with Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling breaking ties. Senate Republican leaders said on Wednesday that they hold the majority in the chamber and that there will be no power sharing with Democrats.

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