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:
* Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest contests. A Marquette Law School Poll released yesterday found Gov. Scott Walker (R) leading Mary Burke (D) by one point, 46% to 45%, among registered voters, but among likely voters, Burke leads, 47% to 46%.
* After dodging the question for literally months, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced this week that he does not support Democratic proposals to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was quoted earlier this year saying it’s “not my job as a U.S. senator, to bring industry to this state.” The quote is the basis for a new ad from his challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has big leads in the polls as he runs for re-election, but that doesn’t take away from the seriousness of his handling of “a high-powered commission” he created last summer “to root out corruption in state politics.”
* In Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a new video against David Perdue (R), using Republicans’ criticism of him during the heated, multi-candidate GOP primary.
* Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) is facing a tough primary challenge, so he’s called in some support from President Obama, who recorded a new radio ad on the governor’s behalf.
* And Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who’s retiring at the end of the year, seems disappointed that no one is speculating about her interest in the 2016 presidential race. “What if I decide to run?” she said yesterday. “And there’s a chance I could run.”