George Allen: ‘I have no intention of running for office again’

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: 

* Former Virginia Republican senator George Allen said on Monday that he's made his last bid for elected office. “I have no intention of running for office again,” Allen said in an interview. Allen lost to Democrat Tim Kaine last week in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D). It was his second straight Senate loss (he was unseated by Webb in 2006).

* House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said she will announce Wednesday whether she will seek another term as head of her caucus. She's holding a 10 a.m. press conference to announce her plans. Pelosi’s office is asking Democratic congresswomen and those women who won their first election Tuesday to join her at the press conference. 

* Sen.-elect Angus King (I) of Maine said he hopes to decide which party to caucus with in time for Wednesday's Senate leadership elections. All available evidence suggests King will choose the Democrats.

* Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is mulling an offer to become the next chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Bennet turned down the post in 2010. The 2014 map looks tough for Democrats, with six incumbents in red states and six more in swing states up for reelection. On the Republican side, Sen. Jerry Moran (Kansas) is the only declared candidate for the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairmanship, but Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) has reportedly been considering seeking the position.  

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS: 

* Gallup's Frank Newport defended the organization's polling of the 2012 election, writing: "When the dust settled, [Mitt] Romney got 48% of the popular vote and [President] Obama received 50%, meaning that Gallup’s percentage-point estimate was within two percentage points for Romney and within one point for Obama.” He also appeared to take a swipe at New York Times blogger Nate Silver, adding, “It’s not easy nor cheap to conduct traditional random sample polls. It’s much easier, cheaper, and mostly less risky to focus on aggregating and analyzing others’ polls.” 

* Adolfo Carrion Jr., the former director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs under Obama and Bronx Borough president, is likely to enter the 2013 New York City mayoral race. Carrion, a former Democrat, would run as an independent pursuing the GOP nomination.  

* Arizona Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona's campaign doesn't sound too hopeful about the prospect of catching Sen.-elect Jeff Flake (R), with several hundred thousand votes yet to be counted. Carmona conceded the race on election night, but his campaign has been eyeing the margin as outstanding votes have been counted. Carmona spokesman Andy Barr said the Democrat would probably lose to Flake by two points when all is said and done. 

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) isn't ruling out another run for office, but he said Tuesday he is focused on his current job. “I have a job to do right now and there is not an opening for governor, nor is there an opening for senator. But there is an opening for a dad and a husband, and that’s the role I want to play,” he said. Brown, who was unseated by Democrat Elizabeth Warren (D) last week, would be a top Republican contender for the state's other Senate seat, should Sen. John Kerry (D) leave to join the Obama administration. 

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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