THURSDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP….Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.
* The statewide recount in Minnesota is off to a good start for Al Franken. With 18% of the ballots recounted, Norm Coleman’s lead went from 215 to 174, a net gain of 41 for Franken.
* On a related note, a Minnesota judge agreed with Franken’s request for access to “rosters of disqualified absentee voters … to determine if they were properly rejected in the counting of ballots.”
* Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) intended to fight to stay on as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, but he withdrew unexpectedly yesterday. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas will replace him.
* Mike Huckabee will be
campaigning promoting his new book in Iowa today.
* Delaware’s Governor-elect Jack Markell (D) will take the oath of office at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2009, so that he can name Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s replacement to the Senate before the Obama/Biden inauguration in D.C.