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Downballot: Democrats officially pick up eight seats

NORTH CAROLINA: In NC-7, one of the last remaining contested House races, Republican David Rouzer has conceded to incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre, giving Democrats a final net gain of eight seats. Politico notes: “There is one remaining undecided congressional, in Louisiana’s 3rd District, where two Republicans are paired in a Dec. 8 runoff.”

NEW JERSEY: MSNBC’s Michael LaRosa sizes up the state’s gubernatorial contest next year and whether Cory Booker (D) will challenge incumbent Gov. Chris Christie (R).

NEW YORK: After an op-ed penned by Anthony Weiner about a Rockaway neighborhood devastated by Sandy, the New York Daily News speculates if Weiner’s thinking about a political comeback. For his part, Weiner told the Daily News: "I care very deeply about the people in Rockaway as well as Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay. I owe them my political career and they have been very good to my family. I want to make sure their plight is known."