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, Public Policy Polling’s latest survey shows Bruce Braley (D) inching past Joni Ernst (R), 48% to 47%. Nearly all other recent polling shows Ernst with a narrow lead.
* Some statewide Democratic candidates are still eager to campaign with President Obama, which was evident yesterday with events in Maryland and Illinois.
* Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, continues to campaign for Democrats who are less eager to be seen with Obama, as was clear at an event for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in Louisiana yesterday.
* It didn’t take long for the Florida Democratic Party to create a new ad, poking fun at Gov. Rick Scott (R) for hiding backstage before last week’s debate over a small electrical fan.
* It seems hard to believe, but a new Suffolk poll in New Hampshire shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) with a narrow lead over former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), 49% to 46%.
* In Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race, Martha Coakley (D) declined to participate in a debate last week against Charlie Baker (R), which apparently had the effect of giving Baker “a full hour on the largest network affiliate in the Springfield broadcast TV market.”
* In Wisconsin, congressional hopeful Dan Sebring (R) reportedly believes the U.S. Supreme Court scuttled the state’s voter-ID law as part of a partisan vendetta – Sebring believes the justices were trying to “steer the outcome of the gubernatorial election so that Scott Walker wouldn’t have a chance of getting on the ticket in 2016 for the White House.”
* And in Iowa’s gubernatorial race, incumbent Terry Brandstad (R) is cruising towards another term in the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll, leading Jack Hatch (D) by 15 points, 54% to 39%.