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:
* CNN, citing “leading GOP sources,” reported yesterday that Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson is “promising to help Republicans target a dozen [Senate] seats now held by Democrats, with the ultimate goal of picking up at least six.” A net gain of six would give Republicans control of the chamber.
* In New York’s gubernatorial race, a new Siena poll suggests Gov. Andrews Cuomo (D) is headed for a landslide victory, leading Republican challenger Rob Astorino, 60% to 23%.
* In Mississippi, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who still hasn’t given up on his U.S. Senate primary despite having lost, is now pushing for the Republican Party to “purge” anyone who accuses a fellow Republican of racism.
* In Florida, after Gov. Rick Scott (R) questioned climate change, a group of state university scientists offered to give the governor a briefing on the issue in the hopes of changing his mind. Scott initially balked, saying only that he would send aides to meet with the scientists. But after his rival, Charlie Crist, said he’d gladly meet with the group of experts, Scott changed his mind.
* In Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district, four Republican candidates participated in a forum last week in advance of their primary, and all four expressed support for impeaching President Obama. They had varied rationales, though one cited the IRS “scandal,” which doesn’t actually exist.
* Speaking of primaries, don’t forget that tomorrow is the Republican runoff primary in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race. David Perdue won the first round, but recent polling suggests Rep. Jack Kingston is well positioned to win the nomination.
* And in fundraising news, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee in June by about a million dollars. All told, the DSCC has brought in about $25 million more than their Republican counterparts so far this cycle.
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