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Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 12.18.14

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:
* In Arizona's 2nd congressional district, Rep. Ron Barber (D) conceded yesterday to his far-right challenger, Martha McSally, who prevailed by 167 votes. The net gain for House Republicans for the 2014 cycle is now 13 seats.
* If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intends to separate herself from President Obama in advance of 2016, she has a funny way of showing it -- HRC yesterday not only endorsed the president's new policy towards Cuba, she highlighted her recommendations on the subject.
* In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie (R) also appears to be gearing up for a national campaign, but closer to home, his support continues to fade. The new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows Christie's approval rating inching lower and his favorability rating falling, too.
* In Kentucky, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) made clear yesterday that Sen. Rand Paul (R) cannot legally run for president and the U.S. Senate at the same time in 2016. She's prepared to take him to court to prevent the Republican from trying to circumvent Kentucky law.
* Despite losing re-election in the worst showing ever for an incumbent Pennsylvania governor, outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett (R) told the Associated Press he has "great interest" in helping a Republican presidential hopeful in 2016.
* And in an odd move, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a fundraising drive around Stephen Colbert wrapping up production of The Colbert Report." The Comedy Central host does not appear to be directly involved in the appeal.