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.
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