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:
* The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows Greg Abbott (R) leading the Lone Star State’s gubernatorial race over Wendy Davis (D), but only by six points, 40% to 34%. With Libertarian Kathie Glass in the mix, Abbott’s advantage in the poll slips to five points.
* Speaking of Texas, PPP found Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R) struggling with voters in his home state, where only 46% of Republican Texans approve of his job performance. He would appear to be vulnerable to a primary challenge.
* Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter (D) will take on Gov. Nathan Deal (R) next year. Carter is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.
* In Colorado, state Sen. Owen Hill (R), who’s running for the U.S. Senate next year, appeared at a Denver County Republican Party event last week, and for some reason joked about his belief that President Obama was born in Kenya.
* Republicans in Alaska are deeply divided over who to nominate to take on Sen. Mark Begich (D) next year, but the RNC is desperate to win the race and has already opened up four field offices. “Nobody can remember ever putting this many resources into Alaska before,” RNC spokesman Raffi Williams told BuzzFeed.
* In Florida, Democrat Jessica Ehrlich has ended her congressional campaign in the late Rep. Bill Young’s (R) district, clearing the way for former state CFO Alex Sink (D) to run for the seat without a primary.
* And in New Jersey, candidates are wasting no time in the wake of Rep. Jon Runyan’s (R) unexpected retirement announcement. Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard appears to have the inside track among Democrats.

Thursday's campaign round-up