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:
* Secret money in a democracy is never good: “A stealthy coterie of difficult-to-trace outside groups is slipping tens of millions of dollars of attacks ads and negative automated telephone calls into the final days of the midterm campaign, helping fuel an unprecedented surge of last-minute spending on Senate races.”
* In Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, the final Des Moines Register poll shows Joni Ernst (R) leading Bruce Braley (D) by seven points, though a new Quinnipiac poll shows the two candidates tied.
* In Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, Quinnipiac shows Cory Gardner’s (R) lead over Mark Udall (D) shrinking from seven points to two, while PPP puts Gardner’s lead at three points.
* As for Colorado’s gubernatorial race, Quinnipiac also found former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) ahead by two over incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).
* In Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, an NBC/Marist poll found Mitch McConnell (R) leading Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) by nine points, while PPP has McConnell up by eight points.
* In Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, the NBC/Marist poll found David Perdue (R) retaking the lead over Michelle Nunn (D), 48% to 44%. If neither candidate tops 50%, they’ll face each other again, this time in a head-to-head a runoff.
* In Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race, PPP shows Gov. Scott Walker (R) with a one-point lead over Mary Burke (D), 48% to 47%.
* The gubernatorial race in Connecticut was shaken up a bit over the weekend, when Independent Joe Visconti ended his campaign and threw his support to Republican Tom Foley (R). Polls show Foley neck and neck with Gov. Dan Malloy (D).
* In New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race, the final WMUR Granite State poll found Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) up by two over former Sen. Scott Brown (R), 47% to 45%.
* And in New York, Rep. Michael Grimm (R) may be facing a 20-count criminal indictment, but he’s still heavily favored to win another term tomorrow.
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