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Tuesday's results are still being tallied, but the buzz about potential 2012 bids is already beginning.

Republican Steve Poizner, who lost the gubernatorial primary to Meg Whitman, stirred some speculation about future campaign plans with a tweet posted this morning:

"CA had a rough election, but time to look forward n come back strong! Thanks to @amspec for their 2012 US Senate idea:" he tweeted, adding a link to an American Spectator blog post suggesting he run for Senate if Democrat Dianne Feinstein decides not to run for re-election.

Poizner, the state insurance commissioner, will be out of the job in January. So is he already planning another statewide run?

Sometimes, it seems, a tweet is just a tweet. Poizner adviser Robert Molnar said the micro missive was nothing more than a shout-out to thank the blogger for mentioning Poizner.

Any decision on future political plans has been put on hold until next year, Molnar said, Poizner has his hands full wrapping up work and ensuring a smooth transition at the Department of Insurance.

Longtime Feinstein adviser Kam Kuwata dismissed the American Spectator premise: "Dianne is running," he said. "We've started fundraising. We are on pace."

Editor's Note: This post was updated at 2:19 p.m. with Kuwata's comments.



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