Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 12.2.16

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.* Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's campaign manager, was asked last night whether it's presidential for her boss to lie about voter fraud on Twitter. "He's the president-elect, so that's presidential behavior," she said.* Conway made the comments as part of a panel discussion at Harvard, which turned into a shouting match between former aides to Trump and Hillary Clinton.* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), apparently looking for something to do, wants to be considered for Republican National Committee chairman, now that Reince Priebus is becoming White House chief of staff.* Paul Manafort, the president-elect's former campaign chairman, is reportedly back on Team Trump, helping choose staffers for the incoming administration. Last month, NBC News reported that the FBI "has been conducting a preliminary inquiry" into Manafort's foreign business connections, including connections in Russia and Vladimir Putin's allies in Ukraine. Manafort has denied any wrongdoing.* Rep. Keith Ellison's (D-Minn.) bid to become DNC chair hit some turbulence yesterday when the Anti-Defamation League blasted Ellison's 2010 criticism of Israel, which the ADL considers "disqualifying." Eliison will join three other DNC contenders at a forum in Denver this afternoon.* Trump's attorneys are trying to block a recount of Pennsylvania's presidential votes, and this morning in Michigan, the state's Republican attorney general filed suit to stop his state's recount.* Speaking of Michigan, Republican lawmakers are moving quickly to try to impose a stricter voter-ID law. Michigan, traditionally a "blue" state, has a Republican governor, a Republican legislature, and backed Trump in the 2016 election.* Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) certified his state's election results yesterday, but not before issuing a statement questioning the prevalence of voter fraud in his state -- a problem that only exists in the Republican governor's imagination.* In Nevada, Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) will step down after two terms in 2018, and Sen. Dean Heller (R), a Democratic target in two years, hinted that he's interested in running for the job.