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:
* Kentucky’s state Senate approved a measure this week that would allow officials to run for two federal offices in the same election cycle – a bill obviously written with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in mind. The legislation faces a steeper climb in the state House.
* Senate Democrats have a tough fight ahead if they’re going to keep their majority, but they’ll apparently have the necessary resources. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $6.8 million in February and has now raised $66 million this cycle. The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $5.47 million in February and trails its Democratic counterpart in cash on hand by about $5 million.
* The Republican Senate primary in New Mexico is getting ugly, with attorney David Clements accusing former state party chair Allen Weh of hacking his campaign email, and Weh suing Clements for defamation. [Correction: the lawsuit was filed by Weh’s campaign manager, not Weh himself.]
* In North Carolina, Senate hopeful Thom Tillis (R) claims he received a degree from the University of Maryland. He didn’t, instead receiving a degree from an online school with a similar name.
* The latest statewide poll in Texas this week shows Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) leading Wendy Davis (D) in the state’s gubernatorial race, 49% to 42%.
* Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) apparently won’t be running for the Senate anytime soon, and will instead become the new president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
* Much to the disappointment of the DCCC, Mike Parrish has dropped out of the race to replace retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach’s (R-Pa.) in a district just outside Philadelphia.
* And in Illinois this week, Republican Susanne Atanus won her congressional primary this week, despite her stated beliefs that God “has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as punishment for gay rights and legalized abortions.” She’ll face Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D) in November.
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