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:
* In Virginia, the state Board of Elections officially certified Mark Herring (D) as the winner of the state Attorney General’s race – by just 165 votes. State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) will now almost certainly demand a recount.
* With recent family controversies knocking her off-message, Liz Cheney’s (R) struggling Senate campaign in Wyoming is buying up more television ad time.
* In Texas, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) announced over the weekend that she’s running for lieutenant governor. A close ally of gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis (D), Van de Putte will create the first major-party ticket in Texas history to feature two women.
* In Louisiana’s competitive U.S. Senate race, Rep. Bill Cassidy’s (R) campaign manager tweeted a photo late last week of Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) face on Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s body. The senator called for Cassidy to apologize.
* Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki over the weekend that he intends to visit every Iowa county in advance of the 2016 presidential race.
* And in Minnesota, congressional hopeful Stewart Mills’ (R) wife published photos on her Facebook page of the candidate guzzling from a beer bong and licking a woman who is not his wife. Mills, who’s taking on Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) next year, said in a statement that it’s “no secret that in the past I’ve let my hair down to have fun with family and friends.”