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 Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, a new Suffolk University/USA Today poll shows Rep. Gary Peters (D) adding to his lead over Terri Lynn Land (R) and he now has a nine-point advantage, 46% to 37%.
* But while the U.S. Senate race appears to be less competitive, the same poll showed the opposite about Michigan’s gubernatorial race. The Suffolk University/USA Today survey now has Rep. Mark Schauer (D) inching past incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder (R), 45% to 43%.
* In Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, the latest Denver Post poll shows incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D) with a four-point advantage over Rep. Cory Gardner (R), 46% to 42%.
* The same poll shows Colorado’s gubernatorial race even closer, with incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) leading former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) by just two, 45% to 43%.
* Incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) thought he was cruising to an easy re-election, but this week, he received an underwhelming 60% of the vote in a Democratic primary. He said yesterday he’s “fine” with the total, but few seem to believe him.
* If the latest Akron Buckeye Poll is correct, the gubernatorial race in Ohio is just about over – it shows Gov. John Kasich (R) leading Ed Fitzgerald (D) by 19 points.
* In Louisiana, U.S. Senate hopeful Bill Cassidy (R) said this week that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) “runs the Senate like a plantation.” Reid, who asked for an apology, told reporters, “Has he been taking lessons from Donald Sterling? Where did he get this?”
* In Mississippi, following a contentious Republican U.S. Senate primary, a “panel of academics and community leaders” will tackle possible changes to the state’s elections process. The 51-member panel was assembled by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (R).
* Speaking of Mississippi, did you hear about the local election that was so close, the candidates had to draw straws to see who won? (Thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the heads-up.)
* And Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been so inconsistent in his views that Rick Santorum, a likely 2016 rival, has begun trolling him with op-eds.