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Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 1.9.15

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* There's likely to be a large field of candidates hoping to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) in California, and at this early stage, all eyes appear to be focused on Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Attorney General Kamala Harris (D).
* Also keep an eye on billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, who has reportedly expressed an interest in the campaign.
* Among the notable Californians who indicated yesterday they won't be running for the Senate is Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), Rep. Darrell Issa (R), former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R).
* Just when it looked the Ames Straw Poll would finally fade away, the Republican Party of Iowa is apparently poised to rescue it from cancellation. The event for Republican presidential candidates will likely be held this August, which makes it that much more likely that competitors will launch their bids soon.
* According to Gallup, the number of Americans who self-identify as "liberal" has reached a 22-year high.
* Right-wing neurosurgeon and likely presidential candidate Ben Carson apologized yesterday for the plagiarism in his 2012 book.
* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), who appears to be taking steps towards a second presidential campaign, is still "sending out emails with really questionable ads."
* Don't be too surprised if Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) gives up his Senate seat next year to run for the job he used to have and love: governor of West Virginia.
* And both parties are already looking at Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district as one of next year's most competitive, with Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R) stepping down thanks to self-imposed term limits. State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D) yesterday filed the paperwork to launch his campaign.