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:
* As promised, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) launched a new Senate campaign in New Hampshire last night. A new University of New Hampshire poll shows him trailing Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) by six points, while a new PPP survey shows him down by eight points.
* Though the conventional wisdom is that Sen. Mark Pryor (D) is in deep trouble in Arkansas this year, for the second time this week a new poll shows him leading freshman Rep. Tom Cotton (R). The new survey from Opinion Research Associates has Pryor up by 10, 48% to 38%.
* The Wall Street Journal published yesterday a 10-minute clip from state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s (R) radio show in which the Republican made racially provocative comments. McDaniel is taking on Sen. Thad Cochran in a GOP primary this year.
* In Wisconsin, most polls show a competitive gubernatorial race, but the new St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio poll has Gov. Scott Walker (R) cruising past Mary Burke (D), 56% to 40%.
* In California, incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown (D) looks like he’s in very good position to win a second term, with the latest Field poll showing Brown with an almost-ridiculous advantage over his likely Republican opponent.
* In Michigan, Rep. Mike Rogers (R) has thrown his support to former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop (R) in the race to succeed him. Meanwhile, the DCCC lost its top recruit in the race, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, who withdrew from consideration this week.
* And in Florida, Alex Sink may have come up short in her recent congressional special election, but don’t be too surprised if she gives it another try later this year. “The question is really about November and what the electorate will look like,” Sink said this week.