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:
* A striking statistic in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate runoff: “Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu’s re-election race is truly running out of air: She’s responsible for a mere 4 percent of all TV spots in the week-old Louisiana runoff. Republican challenger Bill Cassidy and his friends paid for 96 percent of the spots that have run so far.”
* In Alaska, Dan Sullivan (R), the presumed winner of the state’s U.S. Senate race, flew to D.C. yesterday to participate in the election of the new Senate Republican leadership team. Sen. Mark Begich (D), meanwhile, has not yet conceded.
* And speaking of the new Senate Republican leadership team, though there was some chatter during the campaign season about a shake-up, Mitch McConnell was unanimously chosen by his GOP colleagues as the new Senate Majority Leader. The rest of the leadership team – John Cornyn, John Thune, and John Barrasso – will also remain intact.
* In Arizona’s unresolved U.S. House race, Martha McSally (R) declared victory last night over Rep. Ron Barber (D), but the race is headed for a recount and Barber has not conceded the contest.
* Though he’s previously suggested he would retire at the end of his term, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said this week that he’s “absolutely” leaning towards running for a sixth term in 2016.
* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), currently a Fox News host, is reportedly “reconnecting with activists and enlisting staff to position himself in a growing field of potential Republican presidential candidates.”
* And though it seems a little too early, the far-right Club for Growth this week announced 2016 endorsements for Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Scott won last week, but it was technically a special election and he’ll have to run again in 2016 for a full term.