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 Alaska’s unresolved U.S. Senate race, Sen. Mark Begich (D) is currently behind by 8,149 votes, but “at least 50,000 ballots remain to be counted.” That’s a lot.
* In Arizona’s unresolved U.S. House race, Martha McSally’s (R) lead over Rep. Ron Barber (D) shrunk to 341 votes yesterday, as ballots continue to be counted.
* On a related note, McSally’s campaign is trying to “stop the ballot counting in Democratic-leaning precincts of Pima County,” but the Republican effort was rejected yesterday by an Arizona judge.
* Mary Burke (D) came up short against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) last week and she doesn’t expect to seek statewide office again. “I think I just don’t really fit the mold,” she said.
* Despite some rumors about a possible retirement, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) of Georgia has decided to seek a third term.
* And this is about the time we can expect to see likely presidential candidates signing up prominent staff members. To that end, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has hired a big name: Tad Devine, “one of the Democratic Party’s leading consultants and a former high-level campaign aide to Al Gore, John Kerry, and Michael Dukakis,” will help guide the Vermonter’s national campaign.