Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 12.12.16

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.* To the surprise of no one, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy (R) easily won his state's U.S. Senate runoff, creating a 52-48 Republican majority in the next Senate. Those numbers may yet change, however, depending on possible cabinet selections.* At his latest self-congratulatory rally on Friday, Trump's followers began chanting, "Lock her up!" The president-elect, effectively admitting that his pre-election rhetoric was nonsense, responded, "Forget it. That plays great before the election. Now, we don't care."* At the same event, Trump celebrated African-American voters who stayed home on Election Day, saying they were "almost as good" as voters who supported him. Don't be surprised if this quote pops up again in four years.* The president-elect is apparently also still bothered that Time magazine named him "Person of the Year," and not "Man of the Year."* As recently as October, Carly Fiorina urged Trump to quit the presidential race, saying, "Donald Trump does not represent me or my party." Friday, however, Fiorina applauded Trump's "brilliant" moves since the election -- suggesting the California Republican is looking for a job.* Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who's also rumored to be interested in a Trump administration post, used his social-media account over the weekend to promote the idea that retired Gen. James Mattis, the likely next Secretary of Defense, was chosen in order to "exterminate Muslims."* There's some scuttlebutt that former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R), who was humiliated in a primary in his home district in 2014 and ended up on Wall Street, is considering a U.S. Senate race in Virginia in 2018 against Sen. Tim Kaine (D).* And in California, the Field Poll is closing its doors after 70 years. It has long been considered the gold standard among California surveys.