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 a new ad, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) boasts that “more than 100,000 people” in the state have “gotten a job since we took office.” That’s true, though it’s less than half of the 250,000 new jobs Walker guaranteed voters he’d create in his first term.
* It was incredibly close, but Rep. Scott DesJarlais has survived his Republican primary challenge, prevailing by just 38 votes. His challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy, has conceded.
* Though most polling in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race shows David Perdue (R) leading, the latest Landmark Communications poll shows Michelle Nunn up by seven, 47% to 40%. Beware of polling outliers.
* Late Friday in Florida, a state judge ruled that the new congressional-district map can be used from 2016 to 2020, though the previous map used in the last election cycle will be used in this year’s 2014 elections. The ruling will be appealed.
* Over the weekend, Democratic National Committee members approved their 2016 presidential nominating calendar, which will begin with the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016. As was the case in 2012, Iowa will be followed by the New Hampshire primary, South Carolina primary, and Nevada caucuses, in that order.
* Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who never showed much of an appetite for retail politicking, surprised many recently by hitting the trail in support of Iowa Democratic candidates. Let the presidential speculation begin.
* And in Michigan, the Socialist Party filed a lawsuit challenging state election laws, claiming they were too tough on third parties, specifically pointing to ballot-signature requirements. A federal district court ruled against the Michigan Socialists earlier this year, and late last week, a federal appeals court upheld the decision.