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Dean Reportedly Prepared To Step Down At DNC; Clinton Ally Looks At '09

Howard Dean is making preparations to step down as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the Huffington Post reports. Dean has said he would only serve at the committee for four years and the party's next chair will be selected by President-elect Obama. One name mentioned in the piece – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill.

On the Republican side, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has made overtures to RNC members about becoming the party's chairman, according to some reports. Others eyeing the job (which the committee members will vote on in January) are current chairman Mike Duncan, South Carolina GOP chair Katon Dawson and Michigan GOP chair Saul Anuzis.

And, in other post-election job-hunt news, the AP reports that former DNC Chairman and Hillary Clinton strategist Terry McAuliffe has signed papers establishing a campaign committee for a possible run for Virginia Governor in 2009. McAuliffe told the AP that he will tour the state over the next 60 days before making a final decision.

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