Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the wake of several national polls showing Democrats with double-digit leads over Republicans on the generic congressional ballot, we have one more: CNN’s latest survey shows Dems up by 10 on the generic ballot, 52% to 42%, among likely voters.
* Of all the results from New York’s primaries yesterday, this is the one that stood out for me: “Years of anger at a group of Democratic state senators who had collaborated with Republicans boiled over on Thursday, as primary voters ousted nearly all of them in favor of challengers who had called them traitors and sham progressives.”
* In related news, Democratic turnout yesterday was very high, and by some accounts, easily set a record for a midterm cycle. For vulnerable Republican incumbents in the Empire State, this isn’t good news.
* Now that the primary season is over, what’s the key takeaway? NBC News had a compelling piece on the most important trend: “[O]ne of the unmistakable conclusions from the last six months of intraparty races was the number of women running for office – and winning.”
* Did Matt Rosendale, the Republican Senate candidate in Montana, get an improper heads-up from the NRA about the group’s intervention in his race? It sure looks like it.
* Less than a week after re-entering the electoral arena, Barack Obama campaigned in Ohio last night, stumping for gubernatorial hopeful Richard Cordray. Among other things, the former president decried “demagogues who promise simple fixes to complicated problems.”
* In New York’s competitive 19th congressional district, the latest Monmouth University poll shows Antonio Delgado (D) with a narrow lead over incumbent Rep. John Faso (R), 45% to 43%.
* On a related note, in Pennsylvania’s competitive 7th congressional district, a Monmouth University poll found Susan Wild (D) leading Marty Nothstein (R), 46% to 40%. Up until recently, the district was represented by Pat Meehan (R), who resigned under a cloud of scandal.
* And for election watchers, FiveThirtyEight this week unveiled its 2018 Senate model, and as expected, it shows Republicans with a two-to-one edge over Democrats when it comes to which party will have the majority next year.