Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.6.16

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

* At a weekend rally in Louisiana, Vice President-elect Mike Pence declared that Donald Trump won a “decisive, landslide victory.” As of this morning, Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote is up to 2.65 million votes.

* House Democrats agreed yesterday to give Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) a second term as chairman of the DCCC.

* On the other side of the aisle, the right-wing House Freedom Caucus yesterday chose Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) as its next chairman. Meadows, known for his repeated clashes with former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), will take the reins from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

* A new Quinnipiac poll shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) approval rating dropping to just 19%. In more than two decades of polling, Quinnipiac has never seen a less popular governor in any state. The results are in line with a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll, which puts Christie’s approval rating at 18%.

* Trump caused Boeing’s stock price to drop quickly this morning after publishing a tweet that read, “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” By some accounts, Trump exaggerated the figures.

* In related news, Trump tweeted yesterday, “If the press would cover me accurately & honorably, I would have far less reason to ‘tweet.’ Sadly, I don’t know if that will ever happen!” I have no idea why he put “tweet” in quotes.

* Outgoing Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), one of the Republican incumbents who lost this year, is refusing to talk to the Democrat who defeated him, Rep.-elect Josh Gottheimer. Apparently, Gottheimer has called Garrett and sent him certified mail to discuss the transition, but the Republican hasn’t acknowledged the outreach.

* And in a bit of a surprise, Vice President Biden told a group of reporters yesterday he’s thinking about running for president in 2020. Though he initially said he is “going to run,” the 74-year-old vice president added soon after, “I’m not committing not to run. I’m not committed to anything.”