Thursday’s campaign round-up

THURSDAY’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:

* The Alaska Supreme Court is the latest court to smack down Joe Miller’s (R) challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R) write-in victory. Miller doesn’t seem to have any options, but he still hasn’t conceded, and says he’s still considering what to do next.

* On a related note, Dave Weigel takes a closer look at the state Supreme Court’s ruling, and notes that the judges seemed to consider Miller’s arguments almost laughable.

* We noted last week that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) intends to meet with DSCC chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) about the 2012 cycle. Yesterday, however, Lieberman went a little further, telling TPM, “Some of my colleagues in the Democratic caucus have been very gracious and kind saying they hope I run as a Democrat. Patty and I said we’d talk sometime early in the New Year.”

* The Republican-focused Hispanic Leadership Network will host a conference in Miami next month, and organizers invited every GOP official who’s hinted at interest in the 2012 presidential race. The only candidate to accept was Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; the rest blew off the invitations.

* The results come from a Republican pollster, so take the numbers with a grain of salt, but a poll from Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies in Nebraska shows only 29% of the state’s voters want to re-elect Sen. Ben Nelson (D). In a match-up against state Attorney General Jon Bruning (R), Nelson trailed by 14 points, 52% to 38%.

* And Public Policy Polling’s latest survey in North Carolina shows President Obama improving his standing in the state. After winning North Carolina in 2008, Obama now leads all of his likely GOP challengers except Mike Huckabee, who leads the president by one point.

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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.