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:
* In South Dakota, the latest poll from a Republican pollster shows former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) with just a four-point lead over Rick Weiland (D), 37% to 33%. Former Sen. Larry Pressler, running as an independent, is third in the poll with 23%.
* On a related note, the DSCC’s ad going after Rounds is now online. Not surprisingly, Democrats are focusing attention on the former governor’s EB-5 scandal.
* In Kansas’ closely watched U.S. Senate race, PPP now shows Greg Orman (I) with a three-point advantage over incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R), 44% to 41%. Libertarian Randall Batson is third in the poll with 5% support.
* The same PPP poll shows Kansas’ gubernatorial race all tied up, with Paul Davis and incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback (R) each generating 42% support. Libertarian Keen Umbehr is third with 6%.
* In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R) campaign released a new attack ad against Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) last night, featuring on-air commentary from NBC’s Chuck Todd. In the commercial, viewers see Todd say it was “disqualifying” for Grimes to dodge a question about her 2012 presidential vote.
* In Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race, the latest Boston Globe poll shows Martha Coakley (D) with a five-point lead over Charlie Baker (R), 39% to 34%. That’s a big swing from the previous Globe poll, which showed Baker up by three.
* As New Jersey Gov. Gov. Chris Christie (R) gears up for a national campaign, his popularity keeps sinking. A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows Christie’s favorability rating reaching a new low of 42% among his constituents.
* Arizona’s gubernatorial race continues to be one of the nation’s most competitive, with the latest statewide survey showing Fred DuVal (D) with a narrow lead over Doug Ducey (R), 39% to 36%.
* And in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s (D) chief rival, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, was forced to pull out of the race yesterday in the wake of a medical emergency.