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:
* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) has found himself with the one thing he desperately wanted to avoid: a primary challenger in Kentucky. Matt Bevin, an investment executive and Tea Partier, has launched a Senate bid and reserved media airtime.
* Harper Polling, a Republican auto-dial pollster, found Sen. Mike Enzi leading Liz Cheney in Wyoming’s U.S. Senate Republican primary, 55% to 21%. Rumor has it, PPP is polling Wyoming, too.
* In Virginia, the latest Quinnipiac poll confirms what PPP found last week: Terry McAuliffe (D) is up by four over Ken Cuccinelli (R) in this year’s gubernatorial race, 43% to 39%.
* In Iowa, Quinnipiac found that a 46% plurality believe Gov. Terry Branstad (R) does not deserve yet another term, and 54% believe he’s been in office long enough.
* Though there had been some scuttlebutt to the contrary, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he will seek re-election.
* In Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) has set the date for recall elections for two Democratic state senators who’ve been targeted by the NRA and its allies. Voters will weigh in on Sept. 10 (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the heads-up).
* A competitive Democratic Senate primary is taking shape in Hawaii, and Al Gore is throwing his support for appointed incumbent Brian Schatz (D), citing his work on environmental policy.
* And in 2016 news, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has apparently ruled out the next presidential race.