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:
* Outgoing Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) called Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan (R) to concede the race. The net gain for Republicans in the 2014 Senate now stands at eight seats.
* In the year’s final Senate race, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is facing Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) in a Dec. 6 runoff, and in the latest twist, the NRA’s Legislative Action lobbying arm is running attack ads against the incumbent. There’s ample evidence that the centrist Democrat is being swamped on Louisiana airwaves.
* In a big surprise, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced yesterday that Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) will be the new chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He was not considered one of the finalists for the position.
* And speaking of Pelosi, the House Democratic conference unanimously chose to keep the Minority Leader in her current post.
* To the surprise of no one, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is wrapping up his tenure as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, though it’s unclear who’ll next take the reins.
* President Obama’s re-election team made effective use of a Facebook feature two years ago, but the social-media site is changing its operation in advance of 2016. Teddy Goff, who was Obama’s digital director in 2012, told Yahoo News, “It’s a fairly significant shift.”