Meanwhile, Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranSenate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Overnight Tech: Bill protecting online reviews heads to Obama | New addition to FCC transition team | Record Cyber Monday Overnight Finance: Trump expected to pick Steven Mnuchin for Treasury | Budget chair up for grabs | Trump team gets deal on Carrier jobs MORE (R-Kan.) will head the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
And Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) is expected to remain as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2014 election cycle.
According to a House leadership aide, "Leader Pelosi told a packed caucus meeting, including the incoming members of the 113th Congress today that, if Steve Israel is willing to take on the DCCC again, then she will happily place her hat in for leader."
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) was elected as head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, a position for which he ran unopposed.
Walden, who has served as NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions's (R-Texas) top deputy for the past two cycles, cited his experience in the position as preparation for his service as chairman, admitting he has "big, Texas-sized boots to fill."
TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama will travel to New York City to view damage from Superstorm Sandy.
TWEET OF THE DAY: “New senators here. W/ 20 women we had our first-ever in U.S. history traffic jam in women senators' restroom. #somerecordsmustbebroken” — Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharCures bill clears first Senate hurdle The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP wants to move fast on Sessions MORE (D-Minn.)
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me.” — President Obama, when asked about GOP criticism of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said he hopes retiring Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDems push for panel to probe Russian interference in election Our desperate need to save US democracy from ourselves MSNBC hosting Sanders town hall in Wis. MORE runs for president in 2016. "I don't see how you could have anybody better qualified," the Berkshire Hathaway founder told CNN.
BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:
CALIFORNIA: Democrat Scott Peters’s lead grew to 2,660 voters over GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray, further dimming Bilbray’s reelection hopes, according to the San Diego Free Press.
FLORIDA: Rep. Allen West’s (R-Fla.) campaign blasted Democrat Patrick Murphy for attending freshman orientation at the Capitol this week. Murphy declared victory over West in Florida's 18th District last weekend and is participating in workshops for new members of Congress.
“I think it is premature of him,” Tim Edson, West’s campaign manager, said on a conference call Wednesday. “I understand he would like to move on and wrap this up, but for someone who claims to be certified public accountant, you would expect him to be a little more concerned about the shifting numbers and the inaccuracies of these numbers.”
And Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is echoing West's call for a full recount of early ballots in his race, offering a rare show of support for a Republican lawmaker still locked in a yet-undecided race.
NORTH CAROLINA: Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre and Republican David Rouzer should know the outcome their race by Friday, the Wilmington Star News reports.
MAINE: Independent Sen.-elect Angus KingAngus KingThis Week in Cybersecurity: Dems press for information on Russian hacks Angus King: Trump's not draining swamp, he's adding alligators Overnight Cybersecurity: Last-ditch effort to stop expanded hacking powers fails MORE announced Wednesday that he will caucus with Senate Democrats.
MISSOURI: Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillOvernight Defense: Funding bill would ease Trump Defense pick's confirmation | Obama delivers final security speech Congress wants hearing on Pentagon wasteful spending charges A Cabinet position for Petraeus; disciplinary actions for Broadwell after affair MORE (D-Mo.), who defeated challenger Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), said she never believed the competition was a close one. "There was a media narrative in my race that sometimes was divorced from reality. I'm not sure the race was so close for so long," she said.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
President Obama said he hopes to meet with Mitt Romney before the end of the year. "We haven't scheduled something yet," Obama said, adding that "everybody needs to catch their breath" after the election.
Romney said on a conference call with donors that Obama had won the 2012 presidential campaign because of "gifts" given by the administration to black, Hispanic and young voters.
Groups backing female candidates are grappling with a major concern heading into 2014: that the women's issues they believe drove many voters to the polls this election cycle might not be as central in a midterm election.
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