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:
* In a surprise move, former Sen. John Warner (R) crossed the aisle to endorse Sen. Mark Warner (D) this week, reinforcing the fact that the incumbent has broad appeal in the commonwealth and remains the favorite to win a second term.
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) leads Mary Burke (D) in this year’s gubernatorial race, but not by an insurmountable margin. The Marquette poll released yesterday shows the governor ahead, 47% to 41%.
* Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is getting a little company in Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate Republican primary. State House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R) launches his campaign today, though to the disappointment of far-right groups, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) will not run.
* On the generic congressional ballot, the new NBC poll shows Democrats with a two-point advantage, while the latest Fox News poll shows Republicans with a two-point lead.
* In Georgia, Rep. Jack Kingston is putting his fundraising advantage to good use in the Republican Senate primary, launching a new ad buy worth nearly $1.3 million.
* In a bit of a surprise, former Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-Fla.) will not run to replace Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), who is resigning this week.
* And in Rhode Island, Clay Pell (D), the grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, launched a gubernatorial campaign this week. If elected, the 32-year-old Democrat would be the youngest governor in the country, though he joins a crowded primary field.