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:
* How competitive is Kansas’ gubernatorial race? Gov. Sam Brownback (R) released an internal poll yesterday that showed him leading Paul Davis (D) by only one point, 43% to 42%.
* Moving quickly, MoveOn.org has a new ad targeting Joni Ernst (R) in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, making use of her recent remarks crediting the Koch brothers’ network for her political standing. That news only came to public light a few days ago.
* On a related note, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has launched a new ad of its own in Iowa, highlighting Ernst’s support for Medicare cuts.
* In Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, the EPIC-MRA poll shows Rep. Gary Peters (D) maintaining his lead over Terri Lynn Land (R), 45% to 39%.
* The increasingly erratic Boston Globe poll in Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race shows Charlie Baker (R) edging past Martha Coakley (D) for the first time, 38% to 37%.
* Democrats on the national level haven’t shown any interest in Maine’s U.S. Senate race, where incumbent Sen. Susan Collis (R) is a heavy favorite, but Democracy for America is nevertheless launching some new ads in support of Shenna Bellows (D), Collins’ progressive challenger.
* And in an unexpected move, retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal has started to hit the campaign trail a bit, appearing at events in support of Democratic candidates in Massachusetts and Colorado. This has sparked speculation that the retired general, who has never identified himself as a member of a political party, may be eyeing an electoral future for himself.