Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 11.14.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* According to unhinged conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Donald Trump called him personally to thank Jones for his support during the campaign.

* The race for DNC chair will apparently feature a large field of candidates, with Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a top contender for the Democratic vice presidential nomination, eyeing the job. (Note: Rachel is scheduled to speak to another unnamed contender on tonight’s show.)

* Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who’s arguably the current frontrunner for the DNC chairmanship, has now picked up the support of outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

* A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 18 percent of voters – nearly one in five – do not consider Trump’s victory legitimate.

* On a related note, Gallup found that only 32% of Americans say they’re feeling “proud” in the wake of Trump’s victory. Eight years ago at this time, 67% Americans described themselves as “proud” – more than double Trump’s total.

* Though it’s not generating much attention, there’s still one Senate race remaining this cycle: Louisianans will vote in a Dec. 10 runoff in a race that’s expected to have low turnout. Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell (D), a former state senator, is facing State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy (R).

* In response to some reader emails, I should probably note that the single-payer ballot initiative in Colorado did not fare well last week.

* Trump’s official transition website is facing allegations that it plagiarized “a nonprofit organization that provides research on presidential transitions, with some passages being duplicated whole-cloth.”

* And while I understand where the enthusiasm is coming from, it’s probably best to stop thinking about First Lady Michelle Obama as a 2020 presidential candidate.



Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 11.14.16