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:
* There’s increasing concern in Democratic circles about Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, where far-right Rep. Cory Gardner (R) now leads Sen. Mark Udall (D) in the latest PPP survey, 47% to 45%.
* Republicans would no doubt like to see former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) prevail in New Hampshire, but as of this week, the NRSC still hasn’t purchased a moment of television ad time in the Granite State.
* The Boston Globe’s seesaw polls in Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race continue, with the latest results showing Charlie Baker (R) inching past Martha Coakley (D), 40% to 38%. Most recent polling has shown the Democratic state attorney general in the lead.
* Curious which pollsters produce better and more reliable results than others? FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings are worth clipping and saving.
* Some of the nation’s most prominent anti-gay groups, including the National Organization for Marriage and Family Research Council Action, have decided to go after some Republican candidates for being insufficiently right wing: U.S. House candidate Carl DeMaio (Calif.), U.S. House candidate Richard Tisei (Massachusetts), and U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby (Oregon). Note, both DeMaio and Tisei are openly gay.
* Rep. Kevin Yoder’s (R-Kan.) Democratic challenger is going after the congressman for a 2012 incident in which Yoder stripped naked and swam in the Sea of Galilee. The incumbent is expected to win anyway.
* Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hasn’t been too active on the campaign stump lately, but she’ll be in Florida next month, trying to give former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) a hand in his close race against incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R).
* California’s gubernatorial race continues to look like a blowout, with the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll showing incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown (D) leading Neel Kashkari (R) by over 20 points, 54% to 33%
* And Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will be traveling extensively this campaign season in support of Republicans, but voters in Colorado won’t see him: McCain has decided not to campaign against Sen. Mark Udall (D). The decision is based in part on McCain’s friendship with Udall’s father, former Sen. Mo Udall.