Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* With Republican Ed Gillespie officially having conceded in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, the only unresolved Senate contests are in Alaska and Louisiana. Republicans are favored to win both.
* On a related note, in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee decided to cancel $2 million worth of ad buys in the state. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, on the other hand, in addition to Rep. Bill Cassidy’s (R) campaign resources, and aligned far-right groups, are investing more than $8 million in the runoff.
* Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) may be on her own, but she has resources of her own, and her new ad characterizes Cassidy as “incoherent.”
* There’s one less outstanding U.S. House race, with Carl DeMaio (R) conceding his close California race to incumbent Democratic Rep. Scott Peters (thanks to reader R.S. for the heads-up).
* And speaking of U.S. House races in California, Rep. Mike Honda (D) ended up prevailing over Ro Khanna, with the latter conceding the race late Friday.
* Two years after the RNC’s autopsy, the DNC is working one of its own: “Democrats are planning an extensive review of what went wrong in the 2014 and 2010 elections, hoping to find ways to translate success in presidential campaigns into future midterm contests. A party committee will conduct a ‘top-to-bottom assessment’ of the Democrats’ performance in recent midterm elections and try to determine why they have struggled to turn out its core voters in nonpresidential elections.”
* Who’ll lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2016? Delaware’s Chris Coons and Montana’s Jon Tester are both interested in the gig.
* As Ben Carson moves closer to launching a Republican presidential campaign, Fox News has decided to cut its official ties to the right-wing neurosurgeon. Carson apparently aired an hour-long documentary about himself over the weekend.
* And it’s probably worth getting to know the State Innovation Exchange: “Chastened by the conservative movement’s startling success at using national money to dominate state legislatures, liberal activists this week will ask top donors to support a plan to reverse the precipitous Democratic decline in state governments, where the party was trounced yet again on Tuesday. President Barack Obama’s former liaison to the states will launch a major new state-focused organization called the State Innovation Exchange – or SiX for short – before donors on Friday at the annual winter meeting of the Democracy Alliance liberal funding club.”