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 Mississippi, Chris McDaniel, who came up short in his runoff primary against Sen. Thad Cochran (R), issued a statement to supporters yesterday. “In the coming days, our team will look into the irregularities to determine whether a challenge is warranted,” McDaniel said. “After we’ve examined the data, we will make a decision about whether and how to procede [sic].”
* In Tennessee, where Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) is expected to cruise to easy wins in the GOP primary and general election, Tea Party activists spent yesterday “making a bold – even defiant – proclamation: They will win the Senate seat in Tennessee.” State Rep. Joe Carr, largely unknown statewide, is challenging the incumbent in a July 8 Republican primary.
* In Kentucky, a new survey from Public Policy Polling, commissioned by the Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund, shows Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) with a narrow lead over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), 48% to 46%.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, the Republican National Committee has narrowed its options for the 2016 national convention to Dallas and Cleveland. The Democratic National Committee has not yet announced its finalists.
* In Rhode Island, former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci (R), the twice-convicted felon who is now out of prison, announced yesterday he will run once again to hold his old office. Cianci, who held office as a Republican, will run as an independent.
* Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), facing a tough re-election fight, declared yesterday that Social Security is “welfare, pure and simple,” no matter what “liberals” say.
* And in Arkansas, a state Republican official who suggested Hillary Clinton would “probably get shot at the state line” if she tried to campaign in Arkansas as a presidential candidate, has resigned.