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:
* Rep. Michael Grimm’s (R-N.Y.) federal criminal indictment is giving the DCCC new hopes about winning in his 11th district. Democrats were already targeting Grimm – President Obama won the district by four points in 2012 – but the party is even more optimistic now “and there may not be much Republicans can do about it.”
* In Virginia, Republicans chose state Del. Barbara Comstock in the race to replace retiring Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) in the 10th district.
* In Florida, the latest Mason-Dixon poll shows the gubernatorial race all tied up, with Gov. Rick Scott (R) and former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) each getting 42% support.
* In Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor (D) continues to hammer Rep. Tom Cotton (R) in a new ad for his votes to end Medicare and replace it with a private voucher system.
* In Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) has a new spot touting an endorsement from a local ship builder who happens to be a Republican.
* Hawaii’s gubernatorial race has become even more interesting with former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann (D) launching an independent bid. Incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) is seeking a second term this fall.
* Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love (R) took another step closer to Congress over the weekend, easily winning her party’s nomination at the Utah Republicans’ convention. Love is running to succeed retiring Rep. Jim Matheson (D), who narrowly defeated her in 2012.
* And of all the states where Democratic midterm turnout is the most problematic, North Carolina appears to be the most serious. That’s not good news for Sen. Kay Hagan (D), who’s running for a second term this year.