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 Colorado, a new Quinnipiac poll shows the U.S. Senate race very nearly tied, with Sen. Mark Udall (D) leading Rep. Cory Gardner (R), 45% to 44%.
* In related news, former Sen. Rick Santorum threw his support to Gardner this week, though the Udall campaign seemed more excited to share the news than Gardner did.
* Americans for Prosperity is launching a new attack ad in New Hampshire targeting Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) for supporting health care reform. The commercial includes claims that aren’t true.
* In New York, the latest Siena poll shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) cruising in his re-election bid, though there’s an interesting catch: the governor has a big problem among liberals. If the liberal Working Families Party ran a candidate, Cuomo’s support drops sharply from 58% to 39%.
* In Mississippi, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, taking on U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in a Republican primary, is airing a new ad with this message: “Here is where I stand. Prayer in public school? Yes. Obamacare? No. Second Amendment rights? Absolutely. More wasteful spending? Not a chance.”
* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) hasn’t faced a tough campaign challenge in a while, which is why it seemed awfully interesting to see him air a TV ad this week attacking his primary opponent, David Brat, an economist at Randolph-Macon College who doesn’t think Cantor is right-wing enough.
* Fifteen cities are vying for the right to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City. The RNC has already narrowed its list to six cities.