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:
* In April, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), the so-called “Kissing Congressman,” announced he would not seek a second term in Congress. This morning, he changed his mind, announcing he’s running again after all. McAllister has until mid-August to officially file for re-election, a move that his party’s establishment will not like.
* In Mississippi, defeated U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel has told Fox News that he and his team have found “more than a thousand examples” in just one county of “widespread irregularities” in last week’s primary runoff. No one’s sure exactly what that means.
* In Kentucky, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) campaigned on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ behalf over the weekend, drawing a big crowd at Louisville College. The two spoke at length about college affordability.
* It seems hard to believe, but a robocall in Kansas last week shows Gov. Sam Brownback (R) narrowly trailing his Democratic challenger, state House Minority Leader Paul Davis. NBC’s First Read said it wasn’t a fluke: “After chatting with Democratic and GOP operatives, the consensus is that the race is competitive – or at least more competitive that many would have thought in ruby-red Kansas.”
* Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner (R) has refused to say whether or not he supports marriage equality. That said, Rauner appeared at a Tea Party event last fall, where he boasted that he would have vetoed state legislation on same-sex marriage, had he been governor at the time of its passage.
* Less than a week after picking up an endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) today picked up support from the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund. The group also backed Collins six years ago.
* And in Oklahoma, Rep. Frank Lucas’ (R) primary challenger is contesting the results of their election, arguing that Lucas “is no longer alive” and has been replaced “by a look alike.”