Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 8.18.14

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 Hawaii’s U.S. Senate Democratic primary, appointed Sen. Brian Schatz actually saw his lead grow slightly larger over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa following Friday’s voting. He’ll be heavily favored to win the general election in November.
 
* In Montana, state Democrats nominated Amanda Curtis, a freshman state legislator and high-school math teacher, to run for the U.S. Senate this year. Curtis, just 34 years old, is the obvious underdog against Rep. Steve Daines (R), who’s led this race throughout the cycle.
 
* This might get tricky in a hurry: “Florida’s new congressional map can’t be put into effect until May of next year at the earliest, the state’s Republican secretary of state and the Florida Association of Supervisors told a circuit court on Friday.”
 
* Alaska Republicans have been concerned that Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller, if he loses his GOP primary, might run as an independent and split the right. Miller said Friday he will support his party’s nominee.
 
* Just about every day, another Republican congressional candidate endorses the concept of presidential impeachment. The latest is Mark Walker, a Republican in North Carolina’s 6th congressional district.
 
* In New Mexico, a new Albuquerque Journal poll shows incumbent Gov. Susana Martinez (R) up by nine over Gary King (D) in her re-election bid, 50% to 41%.
 
* Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), now running in New Hampshire, was on the campaign trail yesterday with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). A journalist with the local CBS affiliate took a photo that suggests voter turnout was a bit of a problem.
 
* And as Iowa’s U.S. Senate race becomes increasingly important to both parties, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said Republican candidate Joni Ernst is an “onion of crazy.” Wasserman-Schultz made the comments at the Iowa state fair on Saturday.
 

Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 8.18.14