Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 3.2.18

Updated

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* On the generic congressional ballot, the latest USA Today/Suffolk poll found Democrats leading Republicans by 15 points, 47% to 32%. If that holds, the odds of Dems taking the House majority are quite good.

* With time running out in the congressional special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district, former Vice President Joe Biden – a Pennsylvania native – will travel to the district to campaign for Conor Lamb this upcoming Tuesday. The election is March 13.

* A fascinating scoop from CNBC: “America First Policies, a nonprofit group with close ties to President Donald Trump, has hired Trump’s pollsters…. Such a practice breaks with decades of tradition and raises concerns about potential coordination between the pro-Trump dark money group, the White House and the RNC.”

* Voters in Florida will vote this fall on whether to restore convicted felons’ voting rights, and as things stand, the ballot measure appears likely to pass: the latest Quinnipiac poll found Floridians favoring the idea, 67% to 27%.

* I guess not everyone in Utah is pleased with their new U.S. Senate candidate? “The Foiled Plot to Kick Mitt Romney Out of the Republican Party”

* In California’s gubernatorial race, the GOP’s odds of success dropped some more when Doug Ose (R) ended his candidacy this week. “There’s nobody willing to invest in a statewide Republican campaign to the level that needs to be done,” he said. “The people that have traditionally written $25,000 checks are now writing $1,000 checks because they don’t see a path for a Republican to win.”

* And in 2020 news, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will be in New Hampshire in a couple of weeks, and it’s probably not to enjoy the Granite State’s March weather.