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:
* Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) still appears likely to run for governor in 2014, but her formal decision and announcement have been delayed. Davis, who intended to declare her plans next week, is now tending to her ailing father, who is currently in critical condition at a Fort Worth hospital.
* San Diego will hold a special election to replace Bob Filner on Nov. 19.
* In related news, Carl DeMaio (R), who appears likely to run to replace Filner, rejected allegations yesterday from a former city councilmember who claims he caught DeMaio masturbating in a restroom in City Hall. The Republican called the allegations “disgusting, humiliating and nothing more than a character assassination attempt.” DeMaio also provided a local news organization with the results of a polygraph test that concluded the “subject was not attempting deception” on the matter.
* Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s (R) re-election bid appears to be in big trouble. A new Philadelphia Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College Poll found that only one in five voters in the state believe the governor deserves a second term.
* In New Jersey yesterday, Senate hopeful Cory Booker (D) unveiled an ambitious plan to reform the criminal justice system, promising to make this a key priority if elected.
* In New York City’s mayoral race, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) jumping out in front of a crowded field of candidates.
* And in Virginia, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who dropped out of the gubernatorial race earlier this year, now says he does not intend to endorse anyone in the race. Bolling considered running as an independent before ruling out the possibility as impractical.