An aide to Sen. Conrad Burns (R) tells the Hotline this morning that Burns has no plans to concede the MT Senate race anytime soon. The aide said that 21K absentee ballots have yet to be counted and other counties still haven’t finished canvassing their regular returns. Democratic officials are confident that Jon Tester (D) will win.
A Republican official close to House conservatives said this morning that Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) is likely to run for minority leader when the Republican conference holds its leadership elections. Speaker Dennis Hastert and current Maj. Leader John Boehner may announce their plans today. Tomorrow, Rep. Roy Blunt delivers what his office bills as a major speech on the future of conservatism.
Pence released a statement this morning that reads like a declaratory manifesto.