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 Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, the new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll shows Joni Ernst (R) leading Bruce Braley (D) by just one point, 47% to 46%. The same poll, generally considered the most reliable in the Hawkeye State, showed Ernst with a six-point lead a couple of weeks ago.
* As if South Dakota’s U.S. Senate race wasn’t quite odd enough, oppo is starting to drop against Larry Pressler, though we don’t know which side is dropping it. We learned over the last few days, for example, that the former senator’s principal residence is in Washington, D.C., not South Dakota. Also, Pressler “sat on the board of a brokerage firm, Sky Capital, that defrauded investors of $140 million over an eight-year period.”
* In Georgia, the latest Landmark Communications poll shows a Senate race that’s all tied up, with David Perdue (R) and Michelle Nunn (D) each getting 46% support. The same poll also shows a gubernatorial race that’s tied, with incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Jason Carter (D) getting 45% each.
* In Michigan, the latest Fox 2 Detroit/Mitchell Poll shows Gov. Rick Snyder (R) with a one-point lead over Rep. Mark Schauer (D), 47% to 46%. Though it seems hard to believe, the same poll shows Gary Peters (D) leading Terri Lynn Land (R) in their Senate race by just five points, 48% to 43%.
* In San Diego, home to one of the nation’s most competitive U.S. House races, Republican Carl DeMaio has been accused of sexual harassment by one of his former staffers. DeMaio denies the allegations.
* Speaking of high-profile House races, the DCCC is dropping its ad buys in support of Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s 6th district. It suggests Democrats are either very optimistic about Romanoff’s chances against Rep. Mike Coffman (R) or very pessimistic. (I’m guessing the latter.)
* In Texas’ gubernatorial race, Wendy Davis (D) launched a new attack ad on Friday, going after Greg Abbott for hypocrisy, arguing that he received considerable compensation in a personal-injury case, but he then limited rewards for others. To put it mildly, the Beltway media was not impressed with the ad.
* And in fundraising news, the DSCC narrowly outraised the NRSC in September, $16 million to $15.5 million.
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