Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* For the first time this year, Democrats flipped a Republican seat
in a legislative special election, narrowly winning a GOP seat yesterday in New Hampshire's state House.
* On a related note, about an hour later, we learned that Democrats also flipped
a Republican seat in a New York special election, unexpectedly winning a state legislative seat on Long Island that voted heavily for Donald Trump in November.
* Montana's congressional special election is tomorrow, and Vice President Mike Pence has recorded a robo-call
for Republicans in support of Greg Gianforte.
* Reflecting on the special election races, DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján told reporters
yesterday that the party faces "a tough road in Montana," though Rob Quist "continues to run a strong, Montana-focused campaign." Moments later, Lujan announced
a $2 million investment in support of Jon Ossoff's campaign in Georgia.
* Despite the popularity of Maine's ranked-choice voting system -- better known as instant-runoff balloting -- the state Supreme Court yesterday unanimously struck down
the voter-approved policy.
* Undeterred by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's (R) approval ratings, Newton Mayor Setti Warren (D), an Iraq War veteran, launched
his 2018 gubernatorial campaign the other day. read more