Welcome to Womble Carlyle’s Capitol Connection e-newsletter, a weekly look at politics on Capitol Hill created by our Federal and State Government Affairs group for our Members and select clients they wish to send it to.
In this edition:
- Election Updates
- Presidential Transition Updates
- Congress Updates
- Leadership Line-up
- Committee Changes
- Useful links for the week
The final Electoral College vote is 365-173 for Obama with Missouri finally being called for McCain almost 3 weeks after the election. There are still two Senate contests and five House races in which the outcome remains in doubt. Pending their resolution, there is currently a 58-40 Democratic majority in the Senate and a 255-175 Democratic majority in the House that will be sworn in when the 111th Congress convenes on Jan. 6.
In the Senate, Sen. Ted Stevens conceded to Democrat Ed Begich to give the Democrats 58 seats counting the two independents (Sanders/Lieberman) that caucus with them. The official recount in Minnesota began last Wednesday with Sen. Norm Coleman starting out with a 215 vote lead over Democrat Al Franken out of 2.9 million votes cast and the recount is expected to last into December. A court challenge is expected to follow which could leave the winner still undetermined when the 111th Congress convenes in early January. In Georgia, the campaigning has begun in earnest for the Dec. 2 runoff between Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin. Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D) announced today that she would appoint Ted Kaufman, a former top aide to Vice President-elect Joseph Biden, to fill Biden’s seat in the Senate.