Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 1.7.19

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

* Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) first swing through Iowa as a presidential candidate appears to have gone quite well, which I suspect will force other likely Democratic contenders to move up their timetables a bit.

* On a related note, former Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly in “the final stages” of making a 2020 decision. The New York Times reported yesterday that the Delaware Democrat “has indicated that he is leaning toward running and will most likely make a decision within the next two weeks.”

* Donald Trump again yesterday highlighted his victory in the electoral college, boasting to reporters, “I was voted 306 to 223 — or something like that — by a lot.” (It actually turned out to be 304 to 227.) In case anyone’s curious, Election Day 2016 was 790 days ago.

* Late last week in Maine, state Rep. Don Marean abandoned his affiliation with the Republican Party and became an independent. The GOP was already in the minority in the Maine House of Representatives, and now that minority is just a little smaller.

* The editorial board for the Barre Montpelier Times Argus, Vermont’s third largest daily newspaper, published a surprisingly critical piece yesterday urging Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) not to run for president in 2020.

* As Scott Walker (R) exits Wisconsin’s gubernatorial office after two terms – and the Republican leaves public office for the first time in decades – he’s already told the Associated Press he “certainly wouldn’t” rule out another electoral campaign.

* And speaking of the Midwest, there’s been some speculation about Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D) plans in Illinois next year, but he told CNN last week that he will run for re-election. Durbin quickly added, however, that the comments shouldn’t be taken “as a formal announcement.”