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:
* If former Rep. Travis Childers (D) is going to compete as a credible U.S. Senate candidate in Mississippi – especially if the race is going to be at all competitive if Chris McDaniel is the Republican nominee – Childers will probably need to create a real website fairly soon (thanks to my colleague Nazanin Rafsanjani for the tip).
* In related news, Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation backed Sen. Thad Cochran (R) in his Mississippi primary, but now that the race is headed for a runoff, Crossroads is giving up and focusing on other races.
* I’ve seen some “Seinfeld” references in campaign ads, but the new video from the Michigan Democratic Party targeting Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land (R) forgoes subtlety altogether.
* Speaking of Democratic ads, Senate Majority PAC is launching a pretty tough spot in North Carolina, targeting Senate hopeful Thom Tillis (R) for the deep cuts to public education he approved as state House Speaker.
* In South Carolina, incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) will need 50% support to avoid a runoff and the latest Clemson University Palmetto poll puts the senator’s support at 49%.
* In Oregon, Monica Wehby’s (R) Senate campaign is struggling to explain why she has failed to cast a ballot in 16 of 31 the elections that have been held since she registered to vote in the state. Her spokesperson yesterday cited her “extremely demanding schedule.”
* And the Democratic National Committee this morning unveiled something called the “Arbor Project,” which reportedly “uses sophisticated data analysis to identify the neighborhoods that are ripest for registering new voters – potentially making the party’s registration drives far more effective.”