Monday’s campaign round-up

MONDAY’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:

* Late on Friday, a state judge in Alaska rejected Senate candidate Joe Miller’s (R) request to disqualify thousands of write-in votes cast for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R). Miller’s options appear to be dwindling, but he still refuses to concede.

* Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will announce later today whether he’s seeking a second term as party chief. Much to the chagrin of the DNC, Steele will reportedly withdraw his name from consideration.

* Sen. Evan Bayh (D) appeared to be angling for a gubernatorial campaign in 2012, but he announced over the weekend that he won’t run. Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D), who just lost his Senate bid, is reportedly interested in the race.

* We haven’t heard the last of failed Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R), who’s reportedly in the process of creating a right-wing political action organization called The Patriot Caucus.

* In Michigan, the latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows former governor John Engler (R) as the early GOP favorite to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), though PPP shows Stabenow leading all of the likely Republican contenders.

* New Jersey Republicans would love to find a credible challenger to take on Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in 2012, but they appear to be having some trouble finding a strong candidate.

* And in Mississippi, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree (D) is eyeing a gubernatorial race next year, hoping to replace Gov. Haley Barbour (R) who is ineligible for re-election. The significance of this rests with the possible racial breakthrough — DuPree would be Mississippi’s first African-American governor.

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