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:
* Mississippi is one of only three states that will host gubernatorial elections this year, and a new Mason-Dixon poll shows incumbent Gov. Phil Bryant (R) with an insurmountable lead over his Democratic challenger, 61% to 30%. If the poll is right, Bryant is also one of the nation’s most popular governors with a 72% approval rating (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the heads-up).
* Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker continues to publicly support a possible constitutional amendment on marriage rights, but asked about a possible “personhood” amendment over the weekend, the Wisconsin governor replied, “Well, the personhood would require an amendment and the president, no matter who it is, doesn’t handle any constitutional amendments.”
* In Iowa, former Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R) was one of Rick Santorum’s key in-state supporters in 2012, but this year, Schultz is teaming up with Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) presidential campaign.
* Right-wing neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who’ll launch his campaign next week, recently said Congress should remove judges from the federal bench if they rule in support of marriage equality.
* Last fall, when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was scaring people by giving out bogus information about the Ebola virus, he was also skipping several congressional hearings with detailed information about Ebola and the U.S. response.
* At this point, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) may have lots of money, but he has a surprisingly small number of congressional endorsements. Despite his purported backing from the Republican establishment, only five current members of Congress have thrown their support to Bush, and all five are from Florida.
* And Carly Fiorina, poised to launch her own campaign next week, has been telling voters that she’s “not aware of a single” federal regulation that has “ever been repealed.” Fiorina, who’s never served in government at any level, has no idea what she’s talking about.