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:

* Planned Parenthood Votes has a new radio ad airing in Virginia, targeting far-right state attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain (R), hoping to tie him to GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli. “Protecting families, not pushing an extreme personal agenda, should be the top priority of our attorney general,” the ad says. “But that’s not what we got with Ken Cuccinelli. And Senator Mark Obenshain would be just as extreme.”
 
* On the generic congressional ballot, the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Democrats leading Republicans by four, 45% to 41%, which Dems may find encouraging, though a four-point advantage won’t be enough to flip control of the House.
 
* In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott (R) has scheduled a special election to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) early next year. The primary will be Jan. 14, and the general election will be March 11. A series of Young relatives are eyeing the race on the Republican side, while former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is seen as the likely Democratic candidate.
 
* A congressional special election in Alabama is shaping up to be a proxy fight within the Republican Party, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backing former state Sen. Bradley Byrne (R) and Tea Partiers supporting activist Dean Young.
 
* In Virginia, as if E. W. Jackson’s (R) campaign for lieutenant governor wasn’t in enough trouble, he’s now been caught lying about his record of extremist rhetiric.
 
* And in Wyoming, Senate hopeful Liz Cheney (R) claimed on Twitter to have picked up an endorsement from Fox News’ Sean Hannity. If so, it wouldn’t be the first time Hannity announced his support for Cheney’s candidacy.
 

Thursday's campaign round-up