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 bit of a surprise, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) announced today that he’ll retire at the end of the year. The seven-term congressman, who actually appears on more Sunday shows than John McCain, will become a nationally syndicated radio host next year.
* As for Rogers’ 8th congressional district, it’s one of the more competitive districts in Michigan. President Obama carried it by six points in 2008 and Mitt Romney carried it by three points in 2012.
* It only took a few days for conservatives to turn Rep. Bruce Braley’s (D) “Iowa farmer” criticism of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) into a new attack ad.
* In Georgia’s closely watched Republican Senate primary, the latest statewide poll shows David Perdue leading the pack with 21% support, followed by Reps. Paul Broun and Jack Kingston at 15% each.
* In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Republican primary challenger, Matt Bevin, has launched a new ad making hay of McConnell’s accidental use of Duke basketball footage.
* In California, attorney Ro Khanna’s well-funded primary campaign against incumbent Rep. Mike Honda (D) is now airing its first television ad of the cycle. “Here’s my promise to you: I will never take money from corporations or lobbyists,” Khanna says in the commercial.
* And in Colorado, a Republican state House candidate ended his campaign after his connections to white supremacist movements came to light. “I didn’t think things all the way through,” Nate Marshall told the Denver Post.
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