Off to the races: Teaming up to help Hillary

Ruby Cramer: “Jim Messina and John Podesta, top former aides to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton respectively, are currently in talks to co-chair a board backing Hillary Clinton — a plan that, should it come to fruition, would be a dramatic early symbol of party unity behind the former secretary of state. Three sources with knowledge of the plans said Messina, an Obama insider who ran the president’s campaign last year, and Podesta, a longtime advisor to Bill Clinton, are in discussions to join the board of Priorities USA, the multimillion-dollar super PAC that backed President Obama’s reelection effort last year. The men would chair a board of former elected officials and donors who would announce their support for Clinton’s possible White House bid in 2016.”

Buzzfeed: “A tea party group has launched a campaign to support primary challenges against all 87 Republicans who voted for the deal in late October to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. The Tea Party Leadership Fund, a PAC affiliated with the group, began a fundraising push — dubbed the “Primaries for Traitors Fund” — shortly after the shutdown deal passed in the House, and they are now ramping up efforts to find ‘credible candidates’ in each of the districts, said the fund’s treasurer, Dan Backer.”

NBC’s Andrew Rafferty notes that Rand Paul credited Sandy funding and “unlimited spending” for Christie getting reelected: "His victory was, in large form, based on that he got a lot of federal money for his state," Paul told a Philadelphia radio show. "Unlimited spending is sort of, you could call it moderate, or even liberal, to think that there’s an unlimited amount of money, even for good causes.”

It’s pretty ironic for Paul to credit “unlimited spending” for Christie’s reelection and use that as a way to paint him as a moderate given the austerity of Christie’s budget and all the criticism he has received in New Jersey for cutting police officers and being against universal pre-K, dubbing it “babysitting” in the last campaign and defending that again in his reelect.

Where will the action be this 2014 midterm? USA Today: “Arkansas and Michigan will draw the heaviest barrage of political advertising in the 2014 midterm elections, fueled by lots of competitive House races and statewide elections with vulnerable incumbents, according to an analysis by a broadcasters trade association.”

LOUISIANARoll Call: "Willie Robertson, a reality television show celebrity on the popular “Duck Dynasty” series, will star in a new kind of program starting Thursday: a campaign television spot for Louisiana’s 5th District special election. In the advertisement, Robertson proclaims his support for GOP businessman Vance McAllister, the underdog in Saturday’s contest."

SOUTH DAKOTA: "If he runs at all, former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler’s, R-S.D., bid for Senate as an independent won’t look like your traditional campaign. He said his campaign is running on an 'Idealistic concept' in a Wednesday phone interview with CQ Roll Call....Pressler wasn’t even his own first choice to run, but everyone he’s spoken with about it has declined to step forward. Asked if he would be hiring a campaign manager or consulting team, Pressler said no."

Smart Politics notes that if Pressler wins, he would hold the distinction of being South Dakota’s YOUNGEST elected senator and OLDEST elected senator.

VIRGINIA: “Leading by 164 votes of 2.2 million in the Virginia attorney general's race after a week of counting, Democrat Mark Herring, a four-term state senator, named a transition team Wednesday,” USA Today notes. “So did his opponent, Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain. Obenshain said in a news conference Wednesday it is ‘premature’ to consider requesting a recount. ‘With a historically narrow margin, and the vote tally yet to be completed, the responsible thing to do is to prepare for a potential transition.'”

WYOMING: A poll from a group that has been running ads against Liz Cheney has incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R) up 52 points (!!!) over her.

Cheney, meanwhile, has released her first television ad, a 60-second spot that touts her Wyoming roots