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:
* With Sen. Thad Cochran urging black Democrats to support him in Mississippi’s Republican run-off election tomorrow, Ken Cuccinelli’s Senate Conservatives Fund and the Tea Party Patriots are dispatching “poll watchers” as part of a “voter integrity project.” Traditionally, such tactics have been intended to intimidate voters and suppress participation.
* Rep. Charlie Rangel is facing a tough Democratic primary challenge in his New York district tomorrow, a task made even more difficult by the fact that President Obama will not endorse the incumbent. “Like 2010 and 2012, the president will not be endorsing in this race,” Michael Czin, a DNC spokesman, said in a statement.
* In Oregon, Republican Senate hopeful Monica Wehby has fired her campaign manager, replacing him with an Iowa Republican who recently ran an unsuccessful Senate campaign of his own.
* In Maine, a new University of New Hampshire poll shows Rep. Mike Michaud (D) with a narrow lead over incumbent Gov. Paul LePage (R), 40% to 36%. Eliot Cutler, running his second independent campaign in as many cycles, is third in the poll with 15% support.
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), campaigning in New Hampshire over the weekend, was asked how he would treat states that have legalized marijuana if he were elected president. “Probably not well,” Christie responded.
* In May, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee, $6 million to $7.3 million. It’s unusual to see the DCCC’s recent fundraising success in light of their minority status in the House chamber.
* And in related news, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee, $8.3 million to $5.8 million. The DSCC now has $6 million more in cash on hand, though none of these totals take into consideration the money outside groups will spend for and against candidates.