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:
* As Alaska officials begin counting write-in votes in the U.S. Senate race, Republican Joe Miller has filed a lawsuit, insisting that bad spellers’ ballots be rejected. Officials plan to use their discretion on the spelling of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R) name, but Miller wants the will of the voters to be ignored, if those voters flubbed “Murkowski.”
* On a related note, the recount in Minnesota’s gubernatorial race is getting underway.
* There is “an effort underway” among RNC members to find a credible alternative to Michael Steele, who appears intent on seeking another term next year. Wisconsin GOP chief Reince Priebus appears to be a person of interest.
* Did Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott (R) really try to pay some of his campaign workers with American Express gift cards, rather than with money? Actually, yes.
* As the vote counting in California’s 11th congressional district continues, incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) has seen his lead grow, not shrink. A final tally may come by the end of the week, but Republican challenger David Harmer is already talking about a recount.
* A new poll out of Nebraska shows incumbent Sen. Ben Nelson (D) trailing state Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) by 15 points in a hypothetical 2012 match-up. For what it’s worth, Nelson does enjoy a 50% approval rating in his home state.
* Speaking 2012, appointed Sen. George LeMieux (R) is making no secret of his intentions to take on Sen.
Ben Bill Nelson (D) in Florida in two years.
* And in one more bit of 2012 news, is Sen. Jim Webb (D) planning to seek re-election in Virginia? Apparently, he hasn’t decided. With former Sen. George Allen (R) planning a comeback, a Webb retirement would likely make this a GOP pick-up.