Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 10.31.14

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:
 
* Colorado’s U.S. Senate race appears to be ending on a competitive note. The new PPP poll shows Sen. Mark Udall (D) tied with Rep. Cory Gardner (R), 48% each. The new Denver Post poll, meanwhile, shows Gardner with a two-point edge.
 
* As for Colorado’s gubernatorial race, PPP also found that contest tied, with Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) each getting 47% in the poll.
 
* In Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, the new Reuters/Ipsos poll also finds a tied contest, with Bruce Braley (D) and Joni Ernst (R) each garnering 45% support.
 
* In Georgia’s U.S. Senate, a new Landmark Communications poll points to another tie, with Michelle Nunn (D) and David Perdue (R) each getting 47%.
 
* The final Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky found Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) leading Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) by five points, 48% to 43%.
 
* In North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, PPP now has Sen. Kay Hagan (D) up by one point over Thom Tillis (R), 47% to 46%.
 
* In Arkansas’ U.S. Senate race, a University of Arkansas poll shows Rep. Tom Cotton (R) with a sizable lead over incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor (D), 49% to 36%.
 
* In New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race, the new WMUR poll shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) pretty big lead of her own over former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), 50% to 42%.
 
* Is House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton’s (R) re-election in doubt in Michigan? His race wasn’t expected to be competitive, but a recent poll showed Upton up by only four over Paul Clements (D) has led to some 11th-hour intrigue.
 
* In Brown’s other home state, the Boston Globe’s final poll in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race shows Charlie Baker (R) leading Martha Coakley (D) by seven, 44% to 37%.
 
* And what does the DSCC expect to see next week? Guy Cecil, the chief architect of the Democrats’ strategy, had a candid and fascinating conversation yesterday with Greg Sargent about his party’s prospects.
 

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.31.14