Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 9.27.18

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* A Pew Research Center report released yesterday found Democrats leading Republicans on the generic congressional ballot, 52% to 42%. That’s roughly in line with recent national averages.

* The latest Quinnipiac poll in Florida’s gubernatorial race shows Andrew Gillum (D) leading Ron DeSantis (R), 54% to 45%. A few weeks ago, another Quinnipiac poll found Gillum ahead by three points.

* On a related note, with just 40 days remaining before Election Day, DeSantis suddenly has a new campaign chairman: The Tampa Bay Times  reported: “DeSantis chose Susie Wiles, a lobbyist and seasoned Republican strategist who ran Donald Trump’s successful 2016 Florida effort and was a key adviser in Rick Scott’s first of two successful races for governor.”

* An EPIC-MRA poll commissioned by the Detroit Free Press found Gretchen Whitmer (D) leading Bill Schuette (R) in Michigan’s gubernatorial race, 45% to 37%.

* On a related note, the same poll showed incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) ahead of John James (R) in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, 56% to 33%.

* Though one recent poll found Arizona’s gubernatorial race surprisingly competitive, the latest NBC News/Marist poll found incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey (R) with a double-digit advantage over David Garcia (D), 49% to 39%.

* And in California, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) continues to look like a safe bet for re-election: a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California found her leading state Sen. Kevin de León (D), 40% to 29%. That’s more competitive than the previous PPIC survey, but with six weeks remaining, there’s little to suggest the race is competitive.

Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 9.27.18