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:
* For the third time in less than a week, a national poll shows President Obama’s approval rating starting to improve. The new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Obama’s support at 46%, up four points since November. The same poll, however, finds Republicans with a one-point lead on the generic congressional ballot.
* In Virginia, Ed Gillespie’s (R) U.S. Senate campaign got a little easier this morning when Howie Lind, who was also running, ended his candidacy. Lind did not, however, endorse Gillespie, at least not yet.
* Late last week, the Republican Party of Iowa posted a bizarre flowchart on its Facebook page, asking, “Is Someone A Racist?” The image, an apparent attempt at humor, was taken down soon after.
* The National Council of La Raza has kicked off a massive, $5 million voter-registration drive, which intends to sign up a quarter of a million new Hispanic voters in advance of the 2014 elections.
* Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has vowed he will “definitely” run for public office again, though probably not this year. “In the 2016 cycle, we’ll look to getting back in and running myself,” West said during a radio interview last week. “Whatever God would have me do.”
* The Democratic Governors Association is launching its first wave of advertising in the 2014 cycle, reserving three weeks of air time targeting Gov. Rick Snyder (R) in Michigan.
* And in Massachusetts, Richard Tisei (R) is giving it another try. After coming up short in 2012, Tisei, an openly gay Republican who’s fairly progressive on social issues, will seek a rematch against Rep. John Tierney (D) in the state’s 6th district.
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