Hotline Sort: The Not-So-Mighty Quinn
Welcome back to Hotline Sort. McAuliffe gets in the Virginia governor's race, Cory Booker's mulling over challenging Chris Christie, Obama gets teary talking to campaign staff, and Charles Darwin gets some support.
10) After Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., called evolution, among other scientific theories, "lies straight from the pits of hell," Charles Darwin received close to 4,000 write-in votes.
9) Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is among those being considered for Secretary of State, the Associated Press reports.
8) Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, weighs in on Mitt Romney's loss in his state. LaTourette, on CNN's "Situation Room": "He didn't win Ohio because every time we got these socially moderate fiscally conservative women close to us, some chucklehead in Indiana or Missouri would say that being pregnant after being raped is a gift from God."
7) The Illinois gubernatorial race in 2014 is shaping up early: Now, GOP Illinois state Sen. Kirk Dillard says he's preparing for another run for (he lost in the primary in 2010).
Other people who have indicated potential interest: Rep. Aaron Schock and freshly defeated Rep. Joe Walsh on the Republican side. The Democratic side could be even more interesting, with former White House chief of staff Bill Daley and state Attorney General Lisa Madigan not ruling out challenging Gov. Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary.
6) Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe makes it official: He's making a second run for governor in Virginia.
"I realize that after any election some people's immediate question is about the next campaign," he said in an email to supporters. "I want to be straightforward with you: I plan on running for Governor of Virginia in 2013."
The big question: Will Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, up for re-election in 2014, make a run at the governorship, creating a blockbuster primary or stick it out for a second term in the Senate?