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 North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, a new CNN poll shows Sen. Kay Hagan (D) leading Thom Tillis (R) by three among likely voters, 46% to 43%. That’s roughly in line with most other recent polling in the state.
* In Louisiana’s U.S. Senate, race, a CNN poll also found Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) leading Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) by three among likely voters, 43% to 40%. Given Louisiana’s unusual system, if no candidate gets 50%, Landrieu and Cassidy will run in a head-to-head match-up in a December runoff.
* Maine’s three-way gubernatorial contest continues to be a nail-biter, with the latest Portland Press Herald poll showing Rep. Mike Michaud (D) narrowly leading incumbent Gov. Paul LePage (R), 41% to 39%. Eliot Cutler, running another independent campaign, is third with 14%, which isn’t enough to win, but which is a large enough percentage to affect the outcome.
* The Values Voter Summit, arguably the year’s largest gathering for the religious right movement, held a presidential straw poll at the end of its gathering. Not surprisingly, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came out on top with 25% support. Ben Carson was second with 20%, followed by former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) with 12%.
* BuzzFeed reported overnight on a Republican opposition researcher for the firm American Rising editing Wikipedia articles of Democratic candidates.
* If Greg Orman (I) prevails over Sen. Pat Roberts (R) in Kansas, which party will he caucus with? As of yesterday, the independent still doesn’t want to talk about it.
* President Obama may not be able to campaign everywhere this season, but Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is only too pleased to welcome the president to his home-state campaign trail.
* And there may soon be an interesting race underway on Capitol Hill, where Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) appears likely to fight Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee in the next Congress. A lot of this is about behind-the-scenes positioning, but it’ll be interesting to see if Brady’s move forces Ryan to choose quickly between the gavel and a presidential campaign.