Wednesday’s campaign round-up

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 of a few minutes ago, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg (D) led Justice David Prosser (R) by 224 votes in the closely-watched Wisconsin state Supreme Court race. Given the margin, a recount appears likely.

* Former governor and DNC Chair Tim Kaine announced yesterday that he is running for the U.S. Senate, hoping to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D). He’ll likely face former Sen. George Allen (R) next year.

* Kaine immediately stepped down at the DNC, and will be replaced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). As a long-time admirer of DWS, I think this is a brilliant move.

* There will be a brief transition before Wasserman Schultz can take the helm at the DNC, and Donna Brazile will serve as the interim chair to bridge the gap.

* While the results in the Wisconsin state Supreme Court race remain unclear, Democrats scored a big victory last night, winning the Milwaukee County Executive post, which had long been in Republican hands. (It’s an office Gov. Scott Walker himself used to hold.) Democratic businessman and philanthropist Chris Abele appears to have won by about 20 points.

* Disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) is moving forward with his presidential plans, but in Georgia, a state he represented for two decades, PPP shows him losing to President Obama in a head-to-head match-up in the deep “red” state.

* And in New York’s upcoming special congressional election, David Bellavia has failed to qualify for the ballot as an independent. Dems hoped the conservative activist would split the vote on the right.

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