Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., walks toward the stage as he is introduced at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in June. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Texas was decidedly red on the electoral map in NBC News' "Election Plaza" in New York's Rockefeller Center in 2008. Do Democrats really have a chance to turn it blue in the future? Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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President Obama answers questions during a news conference on April 30. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Capitol on April 10. Allison Shelley/Getty Images hide caption

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Karl Rove and the big donors behind his Crossroads superPAC have formed a new group, the Conservative Victory Project, to vet and recruit Republican Senate candidates. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, shown here in August at the Republican National Convention, has named a five-member task force to conduct a review of what went wrong for his party in the November elections. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks about his gun control agenda before law enforcement officials in Minneapolis on Monday. The president was doing what his aides say he didn't do often enough in his first term: getting outside of Washington to build public support for legislation. Ben Garvin/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a town hall meeting on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. She officially leaves her post on Friday. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama walks with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on March 2 on the South Lawn of the White House. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama is introduced to the Business Roundtable by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney in Washington on Wednesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks at the National Defense University in Washington on Monday. Since his re-election four weeks ago, Obama is showing signs of a new, more aggressive leadership style. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona on Tuesday introduced a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country, but would not offer them a path to citizenship. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks during Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Sunday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama's performance in the first presidential debate cost him a lot. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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