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Hotline Sort: Booker's Decision, Delayed

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Bera wins in California, Polis drops his Democratic caucus vice chair bid, Wagner is GOP House "freshman representative," and the Maine GOP chair tries to clarify himself on race and voter fraud.

8) Four children of former presidents spoke at a panel at the LBJ Presidential Library. One tidbit -- Jenna Bush Hager says her mom is "a secret Rastafarian."

7) Maine GOP chair Charlie Webster attempted to explain comments he made about black people and voter fraud in Maine. TPM:

Webster told TPM he heard from five individuals who were concerned by the number of minority voters casting ballots on Election Day.

“If you live in a town of a few hundred people and you go to the post office every day, if there’s someone who doesn’t look like you, you usually know that,” Webster said. “And that’s why when folks called me and said, ‘Where did this Chinese man come from? We don’t have any Chinese people here. Where did they come from?” Well, I don’t know! It’s a good point.”

Webster said he wasn’t racist and that he had several black friends.

“There’s nothing about me that would be discriminatory. I know black people. I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy. He’s a great friend of mine.

 

6) A New Mexico state House race may literally come down to a coin toss.

5) Newark Mayor Cory Booker said last night that Hurricane Sandy has pushed his timeline on deciding whether to run for governor back.

Last week, the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Booker planned to make his decision by mid-December, allowing other potential Democratic candidates sufficient time if he decided not to run.

4) Colorado Rep. Jared Polis is stopping his run for Democratic caucus vice chair and backing New York Rep. Joseph Crowley, Roll Call reports. California Rep. Barbara Lee is still running.

3) State Sen. Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, says he would consider running for Senate is Democratic Sen. John Kerry is nominated to a cabinet position -- though the 31-year-old notes that it's all speculation at this point.

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And -- in case this was unclear -- Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, "like many of you in the room, I would like to be governor."

2) Missouri Rep.-elect Ann Wagner was chosen by the newly elected GOP House freshmen as their "freshman representative."

Wagner is replacing GOP Rep. Todd Akin.

1) The Associated Press called California's 7th District race for Democrat Ami Bera over Republican Rep. Dan Lungren, though Lungren's campaign is not conceding yet.

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