“Sen. John Cornyn said during a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he expects colleagues to bring their concerns to him about candidates he recruits as National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman -- and not to help mount challenges against them, Republicans familiar with the meeting said Thursday,” Roll Call reports. “Although not mentioned by name, the Republicans said the Texas lawmaker’s speech was clearly intended for the ears of Sen. Jim DeMint.”
Who’s Jesus rooting for? “The Family Research Council, an influential group with large followings among conservatives and evangelical Christians, announced a nationwide initiative Wednesday to persuade 1 million people to pray” for Sen. Jim DeMint, The State reports. “Tony Perkins, head of the Washington-based organization, said DeMint has been unfairly blamed for having cost Republicans control of the Senate by backing ultraconservative candidates who lost several key general election races last week.”
ALASKA: Sour grapes? Joe Miller’s campaign “asked a federal judge Thursday for a preliminary injunction stopping officials from certifying the election,” the Alaska Daily News writes.
Yesterday was Ted Stevens Day.
NEW YORK: NY-1: Republican Randy Altschuler “is clinging to a 272-vote lead in his quest to end Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop’s Congressional career at four terms, according to updated figures released Thursday by the Bishop campaign,” Roll Call reports. “The margin represents a dramatic improvement for the incumbent, who picked up 111 votes after the first 20 percent of absentee ballots in the Empire State’s 1st district were counted.”
NY-25: “The 25th Congressional District race is tightening, according to new numbers from Onondaga County released by Rep. Dan Maffei’s campaign,” the Auburn Citizen reports. “Unofficial numbers of Onondaga County absentee and emergency ballot counting from Maffei’s campaign show Maffei with 2,101 votes and Buerkle receiving 1,580, according to a campaign press release issued Thursday.”
TEXAS: TX-27: “Two more South Texas counties have recounted Nov. 2 votes by hand as requested by U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz. But the results haven’t cut into the Corpus Christi Democrat’s opponent’s lead of about 800 votes,” the AP reports. “Ortiz spokesman Jose Borjon said Wednesday that Willacy County re-tabulated ballots, with Ortiz picking up four votes and Republican Blake Farenthold gaining one.”