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Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) pauses as he gives his concession speech to supporters on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) listens during a hearing on “Economic and Budget Challenges for the Short and Long Term” before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill March 3. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (third from left) and New York Gov. David Patterson (fourth from left) were among members of the National Governors Association who spoke to the media after meeting with President Obama on Monday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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