Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.13.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* The election results out of Pennsylvania are now official, with Donald Trump narrowly beating Hillary Clinton in the traditionally Democratic state by 44,292 votes. Green Party nominee Jill Stein ended up with 49,941 – more than Trump’s margin of victory.

* On a related noted, the results from Wisconsin are also now official, and Trump won the traditionally Democratic state by 22,177 votes. Stein ended up with 31,006 – wihch is also more than Trump’s margin of victory.

* Finally, the results are also official in Michigan, another traditionally Democratic state, where Trump ended up winning by 10,704 votes. Stein ended up with 51,463 – nearly five times Trump’s margin of victory. (Note: Trump losses in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania would’ve cost him the election.)

* The president-elect is scheduled to give testimony in a few weeks in lawsuits related to his D.C. hotel. USA Today reports that his lawyers “are battling over special conditions Trump is seeking because of his new position.”

* Labor Secretary Tom Perez, rumored to be interested in the DNC chairmanship, is reportedly moving forward with his candidacy, getting a late start now that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) appears to be the frontrunner.

* With less than a week remaining until the Electoral College votes, Politico reports that the RNC is “overseeing an expansive whip operation designed to lock down Donald Trump’s Electoral College majority and ensure that the 306 Republican electors cast their votes for the president-elect.”

* And while Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (D-N.D.) future plans are murky, Senate Republican leaders are already huddling with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) about challenging the incumbent in 2018.


Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 12.13.16