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:
* Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) filed suit this week to prevent today’s primary election in parts of Hawaii affected by last week’s storms. A state judge yesterday ruled against her.
* Yesterday was the legal deadline to challenge Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary, held in June. State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) filed the paperwork before the deadline passed.
* Though the Associated Press called the GOP primary in Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district this week, it later changed its mind. The race is now “too close to call.”
* Zell Miller, Georgia’s former Democratic governor and senator, effectively became a Republican during the Bush/Cheney era, but yesterday he threw his support to Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn – his first endorsement of a Democrat in 12 years. Ed Kilgore, an expert in Georgia politics, explained Miller’s motivations.
* The Republican establishment is generally focused on Senate races this year, confident that the GOP will have no trouble keeping the House, but Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS nevertheless just invested $3.1 million to go after five Democratic House incumbents.
* In case Iowa Senate hopeful Joni Ernst (R) didn’t seem quite far-right enough, note that she recently characterized Medicaid recipients as people “who have no personal responsibility for their health and no accountability for the care provided.”
* In Alaska, Senate hopeful Joe Miller (R) is struggling in this year’s GOP Senate primary, but he hopes to become more competitive with an anti-immigrant message. Miller, who won his 2010 primary only to lose the general election to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R) write-in campaign, is now accusing Sen. Mark Begich (D) of wanting “20 million illegals” to vote.
* And in Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul (R) is popular, but a new PPP poll this week found most of his constituents don’t want him to run for president in 2016.
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