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:
* The Democratic National Committee launched a new web ad over the weekend, targeting Gov. Chris Christie (R) with a Super Bowl theme. “It’s just the first quarter,” the ad says. “It’s going to be a long game.”
* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has scheduled the special election to replace former Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), who resigned last week. The primary will be April 22, followed by a June 24 special election. Republicans widely expect to keep the seat.
* In December fundraising news, both the Democratic and Republican Senate campaign committees raised about $4 million. That said, the DSCC outraised its Republican counterpart by roughly $16 million over the course of 2013.
* As for the House, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart by $1.4 million in December. As a rule, the incumbent majority party raises more than the minority party, making the DCCC’s success surprising.
* And in still more fundraising news, Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation saw generally slow receipts throughout 2013, the year after Rove’s enterprise struggled badly in national elections.
* And in Oklahoma, a survey from a Republican pollster, Harper Polling, suggests Rep. James Lankford (R) has the inside track when it comes to succeeding Sen. Tom Coburn (R), who recently announced he will retire early, leaving the Senate this year. If former Rep. J.C. Watts (R) enters the race, however, the poll showed him as a strong contender.