Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 8.21.14

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:
 
* In North Carolina’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, a new Suffolk/USA Today poll shows incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D) with a two-point advantage over state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), 45% to 43%. Libertarian Sean Haugh has 5% support in the poll.
 
* A peek at how Washington works: “Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell’s political operation. The donations, which were reported to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, made Rick and Susan Anderson the largest contributors to McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee in July. Delta Air Lines’ PAC contributed another $2,500 within days of the breakfast.”
 
* The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s latest attack ad in Arkansas tells voters that Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) “voted to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants.” In reality, this never happened.
 
* Rhode Island’s Democratic gubernatorial primary is about three weeks away, and it remains a very close contest. The latest WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll shows Gina Raimondo leading the Democratic pack with 32%, five points ahead of Angel Taveras, who has 27%. And Clay Pell, who’s at 26%.
 
* Fresh off Dan Sullivan’s win in Alaska’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, a Democratic super PAC called  Alaska First has welcomed him to the general election with a tough new ad. “There’s two things you need to know about Dan Sullivan,” an Alaska resident says in the spot. “He’s not from Alaska, and he supports the Pebble Mine.”
 
* On a related note, Planned Parenthood Action Fund also launched an ad against Sullivan, less than 24 hours after his primary win. (Disclosure: my wife works for Planned Parenthood, but has no role with the Action Fund, this ad, or my report.)
 
* And in fundraising news, the DNC outraised the RNC in July, $9.3 million to $8.4 million. That said, the Republican National Committee leads its Democratic counterpart in cash on hand, $14 million to $9.6 million.
 

Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 8.21.14