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:
* Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) was in D.C. yesterday – her second trip to Washington in as many weeks – and told reporters about her future plans, “I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices: either my State Senate seat or the governor.”
* It hasn’t gotten much attention yet, but the open U.S. Senate race in Georgia may be one of the more interesting and important contests of 2014. A new statewide survey from Public Policy Polling shows Michelle Nunn (D) tied with the two leading Republican candidates, Phil Gingrey and David Perdue, in hypothetical match-ups.
* In Montana, state Education Superintendent Denise Juneau (D) announced on Facebook yesterday that she will not run for the U.S. Senate next year. After former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) bowed out of the open-seat contest, no top-tier Montana Democratic candidates have gotten into the race. [edited for clarity]
* On a related note, however, there is another name to keep an eye on: John Lewis, retiring Sen. Max Baucus’s (D-Mont.) top state-based staffer, has left his position to explore a campaign of his own. Whether Lewis intends to run for the Senate or some other office is, for now, unclear.
* In Arkansas, right-wing freshman Rep. Tom Cotton (R) is launching his U.S. Senate bid this week, and incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor (D) is responding with a new ad buy in the Little Rock, Fort Smith, and Jonesboro markets.
* Alaska will apparently have an unexpected three-way gubernatorial race next year, with Republican Bill Walker running as an independent, rather than taking on Gov. Sean Parnell in a GOP primary.