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:
* Why is the Kansas Supreme Court so important right now? Fox News’ new poll shows Sen. Pat Roberts (R) leading Greg Orman (I) by two points, 40% to 38%, when Chad Taylor (D) is in the mix. In a head-to-head match-up in the same poll, Orman leads Roberts by six, 48% to 42%.
* Is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) rebounding? A new Marquette University Law School poll shows the incumbent regaining his advantage, leading Mary Burke (D) by three, 49% to 46%.
* In related Wisconsin news, Democratic candidates will be listed first on the ballot, as required by state law because of the 2012 election results, just as Republicans were listed first in 2010 because of the 2010 election results. The difference is, Wisconsin Republicans are outraged and have filed a lawsuit, calling the ballot unfair.
* In North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, Fox News’ poll is the latest in a series of recent polls to show Sen. Kay Hagan (D) leading Thom Tillis (R). Fox shows a five-point gap, 41% to 36%.
* Polling in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race has been all over the place lately, though Fox News shows Bruce Braley (D) and Joni Ernst (R) tied at 41% each.
* In Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race, Fox News’ poll shows Bill Cassidy (R) cruising past incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), 51% to 38%. The margin is significant: if one candidate tops 50% in November, there won’t be a need for a December runoff.
* In Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, most recent surveys have shown Sen. Mark Udall (D) with an edge over Rep. Cory Gardner (R), but the new USA Today/Suffolk poll shows Gardner up by one, 43% to 42%. Quinnipiac, which seems to have a heavy GOP lean lately, shows Gardner with an eight-point lead, which isn’t close to any other result from any other poll.
* On a related note, the USA Today/Suffolk poll also shows Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) hanging on to a very narrow lead over former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R), 43% to 41%.
* The National Rifle Association is preparing to invest $4 million in support of Republican Senate campaigns in Arkansas, Colorado, and North Carolina (thanks to my colleague Rawan Jabaji for the heads-up).
* And in Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race, the latest WBUR poll shows Martha Coakley (D) in pretty good shape against Charlie Baker (R), 41% to 34%.
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