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:

* In Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Planned Parenthood Votes has just made a major, $1 million ad buy, shining a spotlight on Ken Cuccinelli’s views on women’s health. Simultaneously, Planned Parenthood Action Fund is launching a direct-mail campaign intended to reach 155,000 Virginia households.

* On a related note, Terry McAuliffe, Cuccinelli’s Democratic rival, has a new ad tying the Republican gubernatorial candidate to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Note that the government shutdown won’t do Cuccinelli any favors in Virginia – home to a lot of government workers, veterans, and contractors.

* In Montana, Democrats have struggled to find a top-tier U.S. Senate candidate for 2014, but that’s changed rather dramatically. Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D), a former Montana National Guard commander, is poised to kick off his campaign, and will almost certainly take on Rep. Steve Daines (R) in the open-seat contest.

* In Pennsylvania, a new statewide poll shows Gov. Tom Corbett (R) continuing to lose public support in advance of his re-election bid. His approval rating now stands at a woeful 33%.

* And in Iowa, state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R) was forced to resign yesterday, following accusations he violated state ethics rules by indirectly accepting money from Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign.


Ken Cuccinelli, Reproductive Rights and Virginia

Thursday's campaign round-up