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:
* A new Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell cruising to an easy win in his Republican primary, but in a general election against Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger leads by one, 43% to 42%.
* In Connecticut’s gubernatorial race, the Republican establishment is eager to rally behind Tom Foley’s candidacy, but that’s going to take a little while longer. At the state’s party’s convention over the weekend, Foley was the clear favorite, but he didn’t have enough support to avoid a statewide primary against Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.
* Dan Sullivan, the leading Republican Senate candidate in Alaska, has a new television ad saying Sen. Mark Begich (D) hasn’t produced enough “results” for the state. Sullivan filmed the ad while standing on top of Anchorage’s Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, which Begich helped build.
* Speaking of Alaska, Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation has reserved $5.5 million in air time in the state.
* In Oregon, voters learned last week that Republican Senate hopeful Monica Wehby was accused of stalking her ex-boyfriend. Now, a 911 call related to the incident has emerged.
* In Georgia’s Republican Senate primary, David Perdue appears to have the inside track on the nomination, but who’s he worried about most? The Perdue campaign just launched a new attack ad targeting Rep. Jack Kingston.
* In April, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee narrowly outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee, $6.3 million to $6 million.
* And in Arizona, Republican congressional candidate Gary Kiehne participated in a debate over the weekend, and shared his thoughts on mass shootings. “If you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people,” Kiehne said. “So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans.”
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