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:
* Karl Rove’s attack operation, Crossroads GPS, is launching new ads targeting two Democratic Senate hopefuls: Iowa’s Bruce Braley and Arkansas’ Mark Pryor. Braley is blasted in one of the spots for missing some committee hearings, while Crossroads accuses Pryor of not supporting Medicare’s system of socialized insurance enough. (Crossroads isn’t known for thinking highly of voters’ sophistication.)
* It’s Primary Day in Tennessee. The big statewide race is Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Republican primary, but keep an eye on scandal-plagued incumbent Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who faces a GOP challenger of his own.
* In Oregon, where some on the right still see the possibility of an upset, a new statewide KATU poll shows incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) easily defeating Monica Wehby (R), 52% to 33%. The same poll shows Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) leading in his re-election bid by 12 points.
* In New Jersey, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows most Garden State voters don’t think Gov. Chris Christie (R) would be a good president. In a hypothetical match-up against Hillary Clinton, Christie trails by eight points among his own constituents.
* In Michigan, the latest statewide Senate poll shows Rep. Gary Peters (D) leading Terry Lynn Land (R) by seven, 47% to 40%. The same poll shows a more competitive gubernatorial race, with incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder (R) ahead by just two points against Mark Schauer (D), 39% to 37%.
* In Kentucky’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, Yahoo News reports, “Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is trying to tag his Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes as ‘Barack Obama’s Kentucky Candidate,’ but Grimes clearly believes she’s found the antidote to that – being ‘Bill Clinton’s Kentucky Candidate.’ And she’s pushing it with all her might.”
* In Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has scheduled the special election to fill Eric Cantor’s vacancy to coincide with the existing Election Day: Nov. 4. The winner will take office during the lame-duck session.
* And in Florida, the Republican-drawn congressional-district map has been rejected by a state court, but the Congressional Black Caucus wants it to be left alone – because it benefits CBC member Corrine Brown (D-Fla.). This led to an intra-party dispute between the CBC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which wants to throw out the map in the hopes of benefiting Dem candidates in surrounding areas.
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