Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 8.6.18

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* Tomorrow will be a busy day for election watchers, with primaries in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and the state of Washington. The marquee race, however, is tomorrow’s congressional special election in Ohio’s 12th district.

* On a related note, the latest Emerson College poll in Ohio’s 12th shows Danny O’Connor (D) with a narrow lead over Troy Balderson (R), 47% to 46%. The survey was conducted, however, before Donald Trump headlined a local rally for Balderson on Saturday night.

* In Texas’ U.S. Senate race, the latest Public Policy Polling survey shows incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R) with a four-point advantage over Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), 46% to 42%. It’s the third poll in a week that found Cruz’s lead in the low-to-mid single digits.

* In Kansas’ gubernatorial race, the Topeka Capital-Journal  reported that Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s (R) operation “employs three men identified as members of a white nationalist group by two political consultants who have worked with Republicans in Kansas.”

* Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) received a fake award from a non-existent Israeli outlet as part of Sacha Baron Cohen’s series on Showtime. ThinkProgress noted that Perry didn’t realize “he was duped” and treated the award as real.

* In the fight over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, Politico  reports that America First Policies, a Trump-aligned advocacy group, is launching a new television ad campaign targeting vulnerable red-state Senate Democrats in Indiana, West Virginia, and North Dakota, urging them to support Trump’s nominee. Protect Our Care, a progressive pro-health-care outfit, is doing the opposite, airing anti-Kavanaugh ads in Maine, Alaska, and Nevada.

* And though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t up for re-election until 2020, the Kentucky Republican formally kicked off this campaign over the weekend.

Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 8.6.18