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:
* It hasn’t been the nation’s most high-profile gubernatorial race, but the South Carolina contest may be getting interesting. PPP now shows incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley (R) up by just five points over Vincent Sheheen (D), 50% to 45%. There haven’t been any other recent, independent polls to compare the PPP results to.
* In Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, Republican David Perdue boasted earlier this year that his father was a school superintendent and was one of the first in Georgia to desegregate public schools in his community. Yesterday we learned that the boast isn’t entirely true.
* A recent recording showed the Koch brothers’ political director arguing that the minimum wage leads to fascism. Given the Kochs’ support for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a reporter asked the senator yesterday for his reaction to the remarks. McConnell didn’t seem to appreciate the question.
* Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s (R) career appears to be slipping away, with a new Quinnipiac poll showing Tom Wolf (D) with a 24-point lead over the incumbent.
* Some Republican insiders occasionally like to pretend that Sen. Mark Warner’s (D) re-election is in doubt, but a new poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University shows Warner leading former Bush aide Ed Gillespie by 22 points.
* Similarly, Republicans can also give up hope in New Jersey, where Sen. Cory Booker (D) leads his Republican challenger in a new Farleigh Dickinson University poll, 42% to 29%.
* In what can only be seen as a bad sign in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Terri Lynn Land has turned down every invitation to debate her Democratic opponent, Rep. Gary Peters.
* And in Arkansas’ U.S. Senate race, Rep. Tom Cotton (R) continues to air attack ads that argue Sen. Mark Pyror (D) supports Social Security benefits for “illegal immigrants.” Cotton keeps repeating the claim, but it continues to be a lie.
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