Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* Republicans have high hopes that Ed Gillespie can help make Virginia’s U.S. Senate race competitive, but it’ll be an uphill climb. The new Roanoke College poll shows incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D) ahead by 29 points, 50% to 21%.
* Speaking of the commonwealth, Jennifer Wexton (D) easily won a Virginia Senate special election last night, improving Democrats’ odds of controlling the chamber through next year.
* In Florida, a new Public Policy Polling survey shows former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leading incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R) by just two points, 43% to 41%.
* State Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) appears to be the leading candidate in Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race, with a new WBUR poll showing her leading Charlie Baker (R) by 10 points. Baker fares far better against the other Democrats in the field.
* A new Quinnipiac poll shows a narrow plurality of Americans intend to vote for congressional Republican candidates, while at the same time, a narrow plurality of Americans want a congressional Democratic majority. In related news, poll results sometimes don’t make sense.
* Democrats in Oklahoma aren’t exactly rushing to run for the Senate this year. Sen. James Inhofe (R) does not yet have an opponent, and no Dems have launched campaigns in the wake of Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R) retirement announcement.
* And in California, former Treasury Department official, Neel Kashkari, who helped oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), launched his Republican gubernatorial campaign yesterday. Incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown (D) remains the favorite for re-election (thanks to reader R.S. for the tip).