RNC Chair: 90s-era Oklahoma Congressman JC Watts may challenge Reince Preibus, with a platform focusing on minority outreach. Given that there doesn’t seem to be any wholesale movement to oust Preibus, Watts’s bid would be a longshot.
AR-Sen, AR-Gov: In a surprise, Rep. Tim Griffin (R), who most thought was a lock to seek higher office this cycle, will instead stay put in the House, forgoing a bid for Senate or Governor to move up on the Ways and Means committee. With Rep. Rick Crawford and Land Commissioner John Thurston ruling out statewide bids, the ARGOP’s “A” team appears to be LG Mark Darr, Rep. Steve Womack, and Rep.-elect Tom Cotton, who will need to sort out over the next few months who runs for Governor, who runs for Senate, and who stays put.
GA-Sen, SC-Sen: A recap of primary challengers for Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Lindsey Graham. New in this article, it seems that firebrand conservative Rep. Paul Broun is set to launch a Chambliss primary in January.
TN-Sen: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) is unafraid to show he’s working hard to smother any possible primary challenge before it starts, rolling out endorsements from fellow Sen. Bob Corker, Gov. Bob Haslam, the leaders of both State Legislative chambers, and 6 of the 7 house Republicans. The 7th House Republican, a certain soon-to-be ex-Physician from Marion County, was not mentioned.
CA-10: A month after election day, we seem to be looking at our first rematch of 2014 – Jose Hernandez (D) will explore a rematch with Rep. Jeff Denham (R) next cycle.
MI-10: Rep. Candice Miller has been named chair of the House Administration committe, becoming the only female committee chair and almost certainly foreclosing any possibility of a statewide run in 2014….