Thursday’s campaign round-up


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:

* Matt Bevin, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R) primary opponent in Kentucky, has already been on the receiving end of an attack ad from the incumbent, so he’s responding with this new ad set to run statewide.

* Remember Colorado’s Ken Buck, one of the Republican U.S. Senate candidates who lost in 2010 – a very good year for the GOP – because he was too ideologically extreme? As of late yesterday, he’s running again, this time hoping to take on Sen. Mark Udall (D). He joins a GOP primary field that already features two state senators.

* In Georgia, incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal (R) leads his likely Democratic challengers in the latest Public Policy Polling survey, by margins ranging from 3 to 20 points.

* In a rather creepy move, the National Republican Congressional Committee launched a fundraising drive yesterday built around former President George W. Bush’s heart procedure.

* Reflecting on his failed 2012 presidential campaign, Rick Santorum said this week that he won as many states as Reagan did in the 1976 primaries. Santorum is only off by 12.

* House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has endorsed former RNC aide Wells Griffith in the special election in Alabama’s 1st congressional district. One of Griffith’s rivals, conservative writer Quin Hillyer, said Ryan isn’t conservative enough by Alabama standards.

* And to no one’s surprise, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced yesterday he will run for re-election. Inhofe, perhaps best known for being a prominent climate denier, will be heavily favored to win a fourth term.

Thursday's campaign round-up