Friday’s campaign round-up

Updated
 * Original publish date: Fri Oct 4, 2013 12:00 PM EDT

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:

* A super PAC that aims to elect House Democrats, House Majority PAC, is launching an ad campaign targeting nine House Republicans, hitting them over their decision to shut down the government. The campaign includes this spot, slamming Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).

* A new statewide poll in Virginia shows Terry McAuliffe (D) continuing to lead the gubernatorial race, enjoying a seven-point advantage over Ken Cuccinelli (R), 42% to 35%.

* On a related note, things have gotten so bad for Cuccinelli that he’s now endorsed a “clean” spending bill in Congress to end the government shutdown. It’s rare to see Cuccinelli ever break with the Tea Party wing of his party.

* As expected, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) kicked off her gubernatorial campaign yesterday.

* In Montana, Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D) also made it official yesterday, launching his U.S. Senate campaign yesterday.

* In North Carolina, Rep. Walter Jones (R) has frequently drawn fire from the right, and now he’s facing a primary challenger. Taylor Griffin, a former aide to president George W. Bush, declared his candidacy yesterday, complaining Jones isn’t conservative enough (thanks to my colleague Anthony Terrell for the tip).

* And in Michigan, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio’s (R) primary opponent, attorney David Trott (R), has already raised $425,000 in his bid to oust the strange reindeer herder. That’s quite a bit for an unknown challenger who’s never run before.

Friday's campaign round-up

Updated