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 New Hampshire, a new Suffolk poll shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) leading former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R), 49% to 39%. Shaheen benefits from a massive advantage among lifelong New Hampshire residents, as compared to Massachusetts transplants.
* In an amusing twist, the same Suffolk poll in New Hampshire shows that in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, the state’s GOP voters prefer … Mitt Romney.
* Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), running for re-election this year, recently told a group of sheriffs that he was conflicted about a measure to limit the size of ammunition magazines. He felt compelled to sign the bill into law, however, because his “staff made a commitment.”
* With Mississippi’s Republican U.S. Senate runoff on tap for Tuesday, incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran is making no effort to hide his outreach to African-American voters, hoping they can rescue him from a defeat at the hands of state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who appears to enjoy stronger support from the party’s far-right base.
* Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) bypassed this week’s House Republican leadership races, but there’s reason to believe it was a temporary decision. Sources close to the congressman are leaking word that Hensarling intends to seek a leadership post when members elect their team for the next Congress.
* Former Bush/Cheney aide Elise Stefanik, a 29-year-old first-time congressional candidate, wasn’t expected to do well in New York’s 21st congressional district, but she just received more than $1 million from outside groups, making her competitive. So far this year, she’s the only House candidate to receive money from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, which has already made more than $750,000 in independent expenditures on Stefanik’s behalf.
* And in an unfortunate development, the top Republican candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court was arrested last year for resisting arrest and a suspected DUI. Her trial is scheduled for this fall, during her campaign.