Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump in the popular vote passed the 2.5 million
mark this morning, and the Democratic candidate also surpassed the 65 million-vote threshold. In American history, only President Obama has received more (and Clinton may yet match Obama's 65.9 million votes from 2012).
* In North Carolina's gubernatorial race, Roy Cooper's (D) lead over Pat McCrory (R) is now over 10,000 votes
. The incumbent governor nevertheless urged the State Board of Elections to order a recount votes in Durham County
, which it did yesterday.
* The U.S. Senate runoff election in Louisiana is a week from Saturday, and state Treasurer John Kennedy's (R) campaign hopes to get a boost this weekend with a campaign visit from Vice President-elect Mike Pence
* Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was announced the winner of his re-election bid this week, but he's not done fighting: the far-right Republican has apparently filed a libel suit
against his Democratic challenger, retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate. Issa, who's suing for $10 million, claims Applegate's campaign commercials damaged his reputation.
* The Congressional Black Caucus, which will have its largest-ever membership in the new Congress, elected
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) as its new chairman yesterday. Though the final tally wasn't released, Richmond defeated Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.). read more