5) Sen. Rob Portman
, R-Ohio, is considering seeking the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and plans to decide on a bid within the next few days. Currently Sen. Jerry Moran
, R-Kan., is currently the only public candidate for the position.
4) A few big races were called Wednesday. ICYMI: In Montana, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester defeated
GOP Rep. Rick Berg
and Democratic Attorney General Steve Bullock beat
former GOP Rep. Rick Hill
in the gubernatorial race. And over in North Dakota, Democratic former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp
narrowly beat GOP Rep. Rick Berg
in the Senate contest.
3) Still no winner
in Washington state's gubernatorial race -- in the all-mail election, ballots just needed to be postmarked by Election Day. But Democratic former Rep. Jay Inslee
is leading GOP Attorney General Rob McKenna by nearly 49,000 votes
, and it looks like he'll prevail.
2) The Boston Globe considers
Mitt Romney's future (hint: It doesn't involve politics).
1) House Speaker John Boehner
held a press conference on Wednesday and said Republicans are "willing to accept new revenue" to deal with the debt and the approaching "fiscal cliff."
And Obama called
Boehner Wednesday to talk about the work ahead in the lame duck session.