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. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) retiring at the end of this year, before the end of his term, Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced Friday the special election to fill the vacancy will follow the state’s existing primary and general election calendar for 2014. That means a June 24 primary and a Nov. 4.
* On a related note, Rep. Tom Cole (R) and state Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) announced over the weekend that they will not run for the Senate seat. Rep. James Lankford (R), however, is expected to launch his Senate bid today.
* It’s only mid-January, but the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity has already invested “a whopping $22 million on TV ads so far” this cycle.
* Organizing for America struggled with fundraising after its initial launch, but on Friday the group said it had raised nearly $5.7 million in the fourth quarter and more than $26 million for the 2013 calendar year.
* There’s fresh evidence that the parties are taking the U.S. House special election in Florida’s 13th district seriously, with the National Republican Congressional Committee investing nearly $100,000, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserving more than $200,000 in air time. Election Day is March 11.
* And in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) appears to be well on his way towards winning a second term, with a new Siena poll showing a clear majority of New Yorkers ready to re-elect him.