Monday’s campaign round-up

MONDAY’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.

* Members of the electoral college will meet today and formally make Barack Obama the president-elect.

* Caroline Kennedy is reportedly working the phones as part of her interest in replacing Hillary Clinton in the Senate, with Kennedy calling state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last week. She’s also spoken to Gov. David Paterson and state Controller Thomas DiNapoli.

* Houston Mayor Bill White (D) has reportedly agreed, at the DSCC’s behest, to run for the Senate in 2010, which will likely be an open-seat contest with Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) running for governor. White was re-elected last year with 86% of the vote.

* Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) is apparently enthusiastic about Chris Matthews’ possible Senate campaign, calling the MSNBC host the “strongest Democratic candidate without any doubt.”

* If Matthews does run, the latest Research 2000 poll shows him faring rather well against potential primary rivals and in a general election match-up against Arlen Specter. (Of course, these early polls largely measure name recognition and are likely to change.)

* John McCain hedged yesterday when asked whether he’s prepared to support Sarah Palin in 2012, if she runs for president. He noted that his “corpse is still warm.”

* Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, will not seek re-election in 2010. It’s widely believed he’s planning to run for governor.

* Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) will seek a ninth term in 2010.

* Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) does not plan to run for governor in 2010.

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