Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.4.17

 msnbc.com  1/14/2019 5:00:18 PM   Steve Benen

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* In Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election, a new Washington Post-Schar School poll found Doug Jones (D) narrowly leading Roy Moore (R), 50% to 47%. Most recent statewide surveys in Alabama show Jones trailing.

* On a related note, a new CBS News poll shows Moore with a six-point advantage over Jones, 49% to 43%. The election is a week from tomorrow.

* The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called on Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) to resign in response to sexual harassment allegations. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has also said the freshman Nevadan should step down.

* In a bit of a surprise, Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) announced over the weekend that he’s retiring at the end of this Congress. Levin has served on Capitol Hill for 35 years.

* Donald Trump is reportedly taking a direct role in urging Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to run for re-election again next year. According to Politico, this is part of the president’s effort to deny Mitt Romney a Senate seat.

* And speaking of Trump, the president told supporters over the weekend, in reference to Democrats and his 2020 re-election campaign, “Unless they have somebody that we don’t know about, right now we’re unbeatable.” File that away for future use.

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