Monday’s campaign round-up


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:

* Voters will head to the polls tomorrow in South Carolina’s congressional special election, and according to Public Policy Polling, the polls are shifting to the right: Mark Sanford (R) now narrowly leads Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D), 47% to 46%.

* In Virginia’s closely watched gubernatorial race, a Washington Post poll shows state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) ahead by five over Terry McAuliffe (D), 46% to 41%.

* And speaking of Cuccinelli, this clip, recorded in 2007, really is the weirdest video of the right-wing Virginian you’ll ever see.

* In Massachusetts, two statewide polls show Rep. Ed Markey (D) with narrow leads over Gabriel Gomez (R) – PPP shows Markey up by four, 44% to 40%, while an Emerson College Polling Institute survey has Markey ahead by six, 42% to 36%.

* On a related note, Markey keeps pressing Gomez to agree to keep outside groups from intervening in support of either candidate, as both parties candidates did just last year, but so far, the Republican has refused.

* As if Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) weren’t in enough trouble, there are now reports that one of the governor’s cabinet members also received generous gifts from Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

* In Hawaii, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) has made it official and will take on appointed Sen. Brian Schatz (D) in a Democratic primary next year.

* While Republicans in some states are struggling to find Senate candidates, in Georgia, they have too many – Rep Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) has become the third Republican congressman to announce a Senate candidacy in Georgia’s open-seat contest.

Monday's campaign round-up