Thursday’s campaign round-up

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Thursday's campaign round-up
Thursday's campaign round-up
Associated Press

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:

* Though Rep. Paul Broun’s (R) wife indicated yesterday her husband will launch a U.S. Senate campaign in Georgia, the right-wing congressman’s office said Broun will “make a formal announcement within the next week” about his plans.

* In Massachusetts, with six months to go before the Senate special election, Public Policy Polling shows a very tight race between Rep. Ed Markey (D) and former Sen. Scott Brown (R), with the latter enjoying a three point lead, 48% to 45%.

* In Pennsylvania, a Quinnipiac poll this week found that a majority of the state’s voters believe Gov. Tom Corbett (R) does not deserve re-election, while only 31% believe he does. Unfortunately for Democrats, however, a top-tier candidate has not yet entered the race.

* On a related note, recent polling shows Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is vulnerable in Michigan, but Democrats don’t have a high-profile challenger now that state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D), widely considered a rising star in the state party, has decided not to run.

* In Colorado, Republicans believe they might be able to launch a credible challenge to Sen. Mark Udall (D) next year, but they can’t find a strong candidate, either.

* New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) remains popular in his state, but after a major initiative on gun violence, his Republican constituents have soured on the governor, dropping his approval rating from 74% to 59%.

* In Iowa, Rep. Bruce Braley (D) is gearing up for the race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D), with a formal announcement likely to come tomorrow. He will reportedly enjoy significant party support, with the DSCC letting other potential candidates know that Braley will enjoy the Democratic establishment’s backing.

Thursday's campaign round-up

Updated