Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 10.21.14

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:
 
* With two weeks remaining until Election Day, Republican officials in Wisconsin have decided to give up trying to reinstate their voter-ID law rejected by the courts.
 
* In Colorado, a new PPP poll shows Rep. Cory Gardner (R) leading Sen. Mark Udall (D) by three, 46% to 43%. The same poll shows incumbent John Hickenlooper (D) with the narrowest of leads over former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R), 45% to 44%.
 
* In Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, the new Bluegrass Poll, conducted by SurveyUSA¸ shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) with a very narrow advantage over Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, 44% to 43%. A few weeks ago, Grimes led in this same poll by two points.
 
* In North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, PPP shows incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D) clinging to a modest lead over state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), 46% to 43%.
 
* In Kansas, the latest Monmouth University Poll shows a tied-up U.S. Senate race, with Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and Greg Orman (I) each getting 46% support. In the gubernatorial race, the same poll shows Paul Davis (D) with a five-point lead over incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback (R), 50% to 45%.
 
* In Florida’s gubernatorial race, the new St. Pete Polls survey, conducted after last week’s bizarre debate, shows former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) leading incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R), with a two-point lead, 45% to 43%. The previous data from the same pollster showed Scott leading by one.
 
* In Michigan, the latest Fox 2 Detroit/Mitchell Poll shows a tight gubernatorial race, with Gov. Rick Snyder (R) up by two over Mark Schauer (D), 48% to 46%. The same poll has Gary Peters (D) up by 13 points in the U.S. Senate race over Terri Lynn Land (R), 51% to 38%.
 
* In Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, the latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll suggests Sen. Al Franken (D) is in very good shape, leading Republican Mike McFadden, 53% to 38%.
 
* And following up on an item from yesterday, it turns out that Massachusetts gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley (D) will debate Charlie Baker (R) in Western Mass. after all.