Tuesday’s campaign round-up

TUESDAY’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 the recount process continues in Minnesota’s gubernatorial race, the Minnesota Supreme Court yesterday rejected Tom Emmer’s (R) initial salvo on eliminating votes. The state court justices ruled just two hours after hearing the Republican’s argument.

* On a related note, Emmer’s opponent, Democrat Mark Dayton, has hired Al Franken’s legal team from the 2008 Senate recount and subsequent litigation.

* In Alaska’s still unresolved U.S. Senate race, Joe Miller (R), as expected, filed suit in state court yesterday, hoping to derail certification of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R) apparent victory.

* Hoping to fight fire with fire, David Brock and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend are setting up American Bridge, intended to counteract the outside GOP groups, including Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, that boosted Republicans in the midterms.

* In Texas’ 27th congressional district, incumbent Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D) conceded the race last night. The net gain for House Republicans this year now stands at 62.

* There are, for those still counting, four unresolved U.S. House races — two in California and two in New York. For what it’s worth, the Democrat leads in three of the four, but the counting continues.

* The race to take on Michael Steele for the RNC’s chairmanship continues to draw would-be party leaders. Former Bush administration official Maria Cino has created a 527 entity as part of her push to seek the position.

* And don’t be too surprised if failed, radical Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) tries again to reach Capitol Hill. If Rep. Dean Heller (R) launches a primary campaign against scandal-plagued incumbent Sen. John Ensign (R) in Nevada, Angle said she might run for Heller’s U.S. House seat.

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