Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.7.16

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

* Members of Trump’s transition team are required to sign “a non-disclosure agreement to make certain they keep all of their work confidential.”

* With only a few days remaining before Louisiana’s U.S. Senate runoff election, a Tulane University/Lucid poll shows John Neely Kennedy (R) with a big lead over Foster Campbell (D).

* In related news, Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in Louisiana on Friday, the day before the election, potentially giving Kennedy a last-minute boost. Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, campaigned for Kennedy in Louisiana last weekend.

* Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) announced this morning he will resign from Congress if he’s chosen as DNC chair in order to focus solely on his party duties.

* Hillary Clinton’s lead in the national popular vote yesterday surpassed 2.7 million. At some point, the political world really ought to have a conversation about this.

* There’s apparently a rumor circulating that Clinton won just 57 counties. That’s not even close to being true.

* Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has heard the chatter about members of the Electoral College voting for him when they convene on Dec. 19, but he issued a statement yesterday encouraging them not to.

* With Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) likely to become the next U.S. Ambassador to China, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is apparently interested in a possible gubernatorial campaign in his home state.

* Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), who lost to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in 2012, announced today he’ll try for a rematch in 2018. In their first match-up, Brown won by six points.