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Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 12.1.17

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

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

* Donald Trump isn't going to Alabama to campaign in support of Roy Moore's candidacy, but a week from today, he'll host a rally near the Alabama-Florida border. That Dec. 8 event will be just four days before Alabama's Senate special election on Dec. 12.

* In New Jersey, where Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) recently faced corruption charges, a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll shows the senator with a 29% approval rating and a 20% favorable rating. The Democratic incumbent is up for re-election next year.

* Speaking of the Garden State, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D) announced this week that he's running for Congress in New Jersey's 2nd district. That's what the DCCC wanted to hear: the party has been urging Van Drew to run for years, and Rep. Frank LoBiondo's (R) retirement apparently helped sway him.

* In Utah, a new statewide poll shows Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) leading Jenny Wilson (D) by 15 points in a hypothetical 2018 match-up. If, however, Hatch retires and Mitt Romney runs, he leads Wilson by 51 points.

* The National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) is reportedly prepared to invest $4 million in a candidate training program in advance of next year's midterm elections.

* In a curious announcement, former state Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-S.C.) said this week he intends to run for Rep. Jim Clyburn's (D-S.C.) congressional seat -- whenever it becomes available. Clyburn, a member of the House Democratic leadership, is running for re-election next year.

* And Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) announced this week that he won't run for re-election, but he may run for something else in the near future. Evidently, he was hinting at a possible presidential campaign in 2020.