Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 8.22.14

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:
 
* For months, nearly every poll in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race has shown incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) with a comfortable lead over former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Yesterday, however, a Granite State Poll found Shaheen’s lead slipping to just two, 46% to 44%. (Sometimes, when a poll seems like an outlier, that’s because it’s an outlier.)
 
* Speaking of Scott Brown’s original home state, state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) continues to lead Charlie Baker (R) in Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race, 41% to 34%, in the new Boston Globe poll.
 
* In Kentucky’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) reminded the Kentucky Farm Bureau this week that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) not only opposed the Farm Bill, he’s “missed every Agriculture Committee meeting” for nearly three years.
 
* In Georgia’s close U.S. Senate race, Michelle Nunn (D) continues to slam David Perdue (R) for his Romney-esque business practices. Her latest ad features laid-off workers from a textile company that Perdue closed and profited from.
 
* On a related note, EMILY’s List, a reproductive-rights organization, is also launching a $1 million ad campaign criticizing Perdue’s controversial private-sector background.
 
* In South Dakota’s U.S. Senate race, Rick Weiland (D) is a heavy underdog against former Gov. Mike Rounds (R), a point that isn’t lost on the Democrat. Referencing Rounds, Weiland called his opponent, “senator, or, soon-to-be,” before catching himself. He added, laughing, “No, not soon-to-be. That’s a good gaffe. I’ll take that back. Soon-to-want-to-be Sen. Mike Rounds.”
 
* And Terri Lynn Land’s (R) Senate race in Michigan ran into a new hurdle this week when the Detroit News reported that she paid a federal income tax rate of less than 3 percent, thanks to “sizable deductions.” Land has struggled of late with questions about her personal finances.
 

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 8.22.14