Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 10.9.14

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 Georgia, the latest SurveyUSA poll, released yesterday, shows David Perdue (R) with the narrowest of leads over Michelle Nunn (D), 46% to 45%, while Gov. Nathan Deal (R) leads Jason Carter (D) by two, 46% to 44%.
 
* Is Alaska slipping away from Democrats? The new CNN poll shows Dan Sullivan (R) leading incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D) by six, 50% to 44%. It’s been a while since an independent poll shows Begich ahead in this race.
 
* With less than four weeks until Election Day, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) has replaced her campaign manager. Though her race is likely headed for a December runoff, this is probably not a good sign for the incumbent.
 
* In Kansas’ U.S. Senate race, nearly all recent polling shows Greg Orman (I) leading Sen. Pat Roberts (R), but the latest CNN poll shows the opposite, with the incumbent leading 49% to 48%.
 
* Speaking of Roberts, the Kansas Republican is reportedly “leaning heavily” on corporate lobbyists in the hopes they’ll help rescue his career.
 
* In North Carolina’s Senate race, the latest Suffolk poll shows Sen. Kay Hagan (D) with a narrow advantage over Thom Tillis (R), 46.8% to 45.4%.
 
* In New Hampshire’s Senate race, the new WMUR Granite State Poll shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) with a six-point lead over former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), 47% to 41%. Of particular interest, this same poll showed Shaheen with a two-point lead in August.
 
* Despite a surprisingly difficult primary and a recent controversy over his ethics panel, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) still has a big lead over Rob Astorino (R), 51% to 31%, in a Quinnipiac poll released late yesterday.
 
* New Fox News polling shows significant leads for Republican Senate candidates in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, and Kentucky. This didn’t shake up Senate forecasts too much, however, because Fox News polls nearly always favor Republican candidates.
 
* And in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, which Republicans had hoped to keep competitive, the latest SurveyUSA poll shows incumbent Sen. Al Franken (D) with a surprisingly big lead over Republican challenger Mike McFadden, 55% to 37%.
 

Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.9.14