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:

* In Alaska’s still-unresolved U.S. Senate race, Joe Miller (R) tried to get a state judge to move his court case to his adopted hometown of Fairbanks. The judge refused, and the case will be heard in Juneau.

* Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), meanwhile, is urging Miller to give up. “I think that race is over,” Coleman said. “I think the counting’s been done.” Given that Coleman kept his post-election fight going for eight months, he may be lacking some credibility on the issue.

* In the recount in Minnesota’s gubernatorial race, Mark Dayton (D) said he gained 88 votes on the first day of the hand recount, while Tom Emmer (R) gained 51 votes. Dayton entered the recount with a lead of 8,770 votes out of about 2.1 million total ballots cast.

* Roll Call reported this morning that Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is likely to accept the job of chairing the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the next cycle. Party leaders have had more than a little trouble finding someone to take the job.

* Yet another Republican has kicked off a campaign to be the next RNC Chair: Ann Wagner, a former leader of the Missouri Republican Party, declared her intentions yesterday. Assuming Michael Steele seeks a second term, he’ll have plenty of competition.

* Sarah Palin’s political action committee raised a surprisingly-strong $469,000 between Oct. 13 and Nov. 22, bringing her total for the cycle to just under $4.5 million.

* In light of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R-Texas) failed gubernatorial campaign earlier this year, right-wing activists have vowed to find an even-more-conservative candidate to take her on in a GOP primary in 2012. Hutchison has not yet said whether she’ll seek another term.

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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.