Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 6.27.14

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 Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker (R) is facing a tough re-election fight under the cloud of scandal, a state prosecutor underscored “that he hasn’t made a final determination” about whether the Republican governor or his team illegally coordinated fundraising during Walker’s 2012 recall election.
 
* Republicans in Virginia faced an uphill climb in this year’s U.S. Senate race against incumbent Mark Warner (D), but their task grew a little more difficult today with Libertarian Robert Sarvis qualifying for the ballot.
 
* In Tennessee, incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) remains the heavy favorite to win another term, but that hasn’t stopped his GOP primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, from launching a new TV attack ad, blasting Alexander for supporting “amnesty.”
 
* In North Carolina, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D) is facing a tough fight, but the latest Civitas Poll shows her narrowly leading Thom Tillis (R), 45% to 42%. The previous Civitas data showed Tillis up by five, suggesting the race has moved in Hagan’s direction.
 
* In South Carolina, PPP shows Gov. Nikki Haley (R) enjoying a surprisingly small lead in her rematch against Vincent Sheheen (D), up by just three points, 49% to 46%.
 
* Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) campaign team was forced to dismiss an intern this week who “tried to volunteer for Democratic challenger Mark Schauer in an apparent attempt to infiltrate the rival campaign.” Snyder and his aides said they were unaware of the former intern’s plan.
 
* And in Colorado this week, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) narrowly survived a GOP primary, prevailing by just four points. Asked to explain why he was nearly defeated, the Republican congressman blamed President Obama, arguing that conservative voters don’t like “Obamacare,” and they’re taking it out on lawmakers who agree with them. (No, I don’t understand this, either.)
 

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 6.27.14