Wednesday’s campaign round-up

WEDNESDAY’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.

* If there’s a special election to fill the Senate vacancy in Illinois, it’s likely that Republican Rep. Mark Kirk will consider the race, and be the strongest Republican candidate.

* On a related note, a Democratic field would likely be much larger. Chris Cillizza runs through the possibilities.

* Just what Minnesota needed: 171 absentee ballots in Minneapolis that “may have gone uncounted because of an error.”

* RNC chairman Mike Duncan will reportedly seek another term, but will face a large (and growing) field of challengers.

* A new Marist College poll out of New York shows Caroline Kennedy and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as the leading candidates to replace Hillary Clinton. Each garnered 25% support, and no other candidate reached double digits.

* Speaking of New York, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) will apparently run for Clinton’s Senate seat in 2010.

* Rudy Giuliani will reportedly not run for the Senate, but is still eyeing New York’s gubernatorial race.

* In case you were wondering, Obama does plan to use his middle name when taking the oath of office next month. “I’m not trying to make a statement one way or another,” Obama said. “I’ll do what everybody else does,” referring to other presidential inaugurations.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.