Wednesday’s campaign round-up

WEDNESDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP…. Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* In one of the two undecided U.S. Senate races, it looks like Sen. Patty Murray (D) will hang on and win another term in the state of Washington.

* In the other undecided contest, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) appears to have the advantage, despite being a write-in candidate, but it will reportedly be “weeks” until there’s some certainty about the outcome.

* In Minnesota, which has some recent history when it comes to recounts, yesterday’s gubernatorial race was pretty darn close. At this point, with nearly all of the precincts reporting, Mark Dayton (D) leads Tom Emmer (R) by 0.43%. If the finish within 0.5%, an automatic hand recount will get underway.

* Speaking of extremely close gubernatorial contests, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) “believes” he’s won, but his GOP challenger has not conceded. About 11,100 votes separate the two out of 3.57 million votes cast.

* When thinking about post-census re-districting, remember that Republicans won 18 state legislative chambers yesterday, which they’ll no doubt take full advantage of when drawing district lines.

* In Vermont’s gubernatorial race, which was too close to call last night, Peter Shumlin (D) appears to have come out on top. It’s a Dem pick-up, flipping the governor’s office from “red” to “blue.”

* Speaking of New England, Maine’s gubernatorial race was pretty close, but Paul LePage (R) narrowly won.

* In what proved to be one of the closes House races in the country, Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) won re-election by just 121 votes in California’s 11th.

* And while several pollsters fared quite well yesterday, Rasmussen wasn’t one of them. It’s a reminder of why I’ve stopped citing Rasmussen data on this site.

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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.