Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 12.1.16

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.).* Under current campaign-finance laws, individual donors can give up to $2,700 per election cycle to a candidate. Under a new proposal from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), there would be no limit, though donations greater than $200 would have to be "disclosed within a day."