Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The latest Washington Post-Schar School poll found Democratic voters are quite a bit more enthusiastic about this year's midterms than Republican voters, though the Dems' advantage "is smaller in battleground congressional districts."
* An interesting analysis from USA Today: "Secret donors financed more than four out of every 10 television ads that outside groups broadcast this year to influence November's high-stakes congressional elections.... Leading the way: organizations affiliated with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, whose conservative donor network plows hundreds of millions of dollars into politics and policy debates each election cycle."
* Demand Justice, a progressive group opposed to Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, is launching television ads targeting North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia's Joe Manchin, and Indiana's Joe Donnelly -- three red-state Democrats up for re-election this year -- urging them to vote against confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
* Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) launched a new campaign ad this week in which he brags to voters, "When President Trump tried to take away important environmental protections for the Boundary Waters, I said, 'No way.'" Keep an eye on other vulnerable Republicans distancing themselves from their party's president between now and Election Day.
* The Houston Chronicle ran a rather embarrassing report on Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) re-election campaign: "Federal campaign regulators have three times in the last year sent notices to the Cruz campaign -- more than any Senator running for re-election this year -- for taking tens of thousands of dollars more than legally allowed from dozens of donors. And in another case, a Cruz donor had to file a Federal Election Commission complaint to get the campaign to stop automatically deducting monthly donations from her bank account."
* Trump took time out of his foreign trip to formally endorse one of his most sycophantic congressional allies, freshman Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.). The Florida Republican is running in an overwhelmingly "red" district, so his re-election is all but assured.