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:
* As expected, Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) wasted no time in putting together an online ad hitting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) over his recent “not my job” quote.
* In Arkansas, just about all the recent polling has shown Sen. Mark Pryor (D) leading Rep. Tom Cotton (R), but PPP’s new survey shows a closer race than most, with the incumbent enjoying the narrowest of advantages, 43% to 42%.
* In New Hampshire yesterday, former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was asked whether he would have voted for the minimum-wage increase his former GOP colleagues killed on the Senate floor. He wouldn’t state a position.
* The Senate Majority PAC, which exists to help Senate Democratic candidates, won’t have the resources to keep pace with the Koch brothers’ political operation, but it’s nevertheless launching a $230,000 ad buy in North Carolina in support of incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D).
* In Florida, former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (R), who was forced to resign last year, reportedly feels betrayed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) and is writing a book about her ordeal, which will be released in late August – just as the governor’s re-election campaign is heating up.
* The Democratic Governors Association apparently won’t bother investing in New Mexico this year, assuming that Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is a safe bet for re-election. The DGA made a similar calculation this week about Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s (R) chances.
* And in Oregon, Monica Wehby is the favorite to win the Republican U.S. Senate nomination this year, and she’s apparently reluctant to take any risks – she was given an opportunity to debate her primary opponent, state Rep. Jason Conger, on live television, but Wehby refused.
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