| 12/12/12! This is the last of the triple days until January 1, 2101, although February 2, 2022 will be pretty cool as well.
CT-Sen: Linda McMahon, after promising to run a different campaign in 2012 than in 2010, spent about $40M of her own money this year. Yoinks.
KY-Sen: PPP finds Mitch McConnell highly unpopular (37/55!) but still ahead of all Democratic comers, including Ashley Judd, who leads the primary field. (Somehow, Judd leading among Kentucky Dems makes Monday's Colbert poll seem less bad.) McConnell looks safe in his primary.
MA-Sen: Roll Call makes the case against a Kerry Cabinet appointment. Most notably, it would leave the Foreign Affairs committee in the hands of Bob Menendez, who is more of a hawk than the administration might be comfortable with.
NC-Sen: PPP's first of many looks at Sen. Kay Hagan's (D) re-election tells us...not much. Hagan has middling approvals (44/43) and has small-to-medium leads over the lesser known Republicans, scoring in the 40's against each. Rep. Virginia Foxx leads the name-rec driven GOP primary.
IL-02: Sandi Jackson didn't rule out a bid for her husband's seat. Yes, Chicago voters would probably vote for another Jackson. We're likely to know more about this race after Saturday, when the Cook County Dems meet to make an endorsement.
Crossroads: They're getting right back in the saddle, spending $240K on radio ads against the "Big Four" of 2014: Mark Begich, Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, and Tim Johnson. Strangely, a fifth ad is running against recently re-elected Sen. Joe Manchin in WV, although Xroads says it's meant for Rockefeller.
MD-Gov: Peter Franchot, arguably the only reasonable Democrat who could have run for governor, will instead seek re-election as comptroller.
PA-Gov: Sen. Bob Casey saw his shadow and has ruled out a run. The article mentions a Democrat we hadn't heard connected to this race before: one-term ex-Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, who won a fairly impressive race in 2008 but went quietly in 2010. In other words, a non-entity.
OH-Gov: Quinnipiac has John Kasich (R) in positive approval territory (42/35) for the first time ever, with even higher personal popularity, but losing a generic re-elect 36/43. The poll tests favorables for a bunch of Dems but doesn't include horserace numbers.
Various Races: Roll Call sizes up the Members most likely to return home for a gubernatorial bid in 2014: Bruce Braley (IA), Mike Michaud (ME), Gary Peters (MI), Allyson Schwartz (PA), Aaron Schock (IL), Frank Guinta (NH) and, yes, Bill Pascrell (NJ).
DeMint: Jim DeMint will sit out the 2014 cycle and not endorse Senate candidates as he did in previous years. However, his Senate Conservatives Fund will continue under new management.
WATN?: Ex-Rep. Mark Schauer, who split a pair of races against Rep. Tim Walberg, was pepper sprayed outside the State Capitol yesterday while leading an angry mob of union protesters. Classy.