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 Louisiana’s U.S. Senate runoff, the Koch brothers’ Freedom Partners Action Fund is investing $2.1 million in the hopes of crushing centrist incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D).
* Is Alaska’s U.S. Senate race over? Not just yet: “A day after Republican Dan Sullivan sprung to the lead in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, his opponent, incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, refused to concede, citing tens of thousands of outstanding votes – particularly those in rural parts of the state.”
* As for Alaska’s gubernatorial race, it may be two weeks until voters get a final result, but independent Bill Walker, who appears to be leading, has decided to move forward with his transition plans.
* House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reportedly asked Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) to stay on as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but he declined. It’s not yet clear who his successor will be.
* Two GOP senators, Mississippi’s Roger Wicker and Nevada’s Dean Heller, are reportedly poised to face off in the hopes of becoming the new chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
* Why the winner may have a tough job: “The majority of the Senate battleground in the next election cycle will be fought on Republican turf, with the GOP defending 24 seats to the Democrats’ 10. There is more trouble for the party beneath those raw numbers; only two Democratic seats are in competitive states, while more than half a dozen Republican incumbents face re-election in states President Barack Obama carried at least once.”
* Massachusetts apparently has a new, recognized political party, thanks to Evan Falchuk getting 3% of the vote in the gubernatorial race. The party is called the United Independent Party (thanks to my colleague Mike Yarvitz for the heads-up).
* And the Texas Tribune reports a striking detail: not only did Wendy Davis’ (D) gubernatorial campaign come up short, she actually had the worst showing by any Dem gubernatorial candidate in 16 years.
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