Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 10.28.14

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:
 
* In Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, PPP now shows Michelle Nunn (D) and David Perdue (R) tied at 47% each. This is actually a slight improvement for Nunn, who trailed by two points in the most recent PPP survey in Georgia.
 
* In Maine’s gubernatorial race, PPP finds another tied race, with Gov. Paul LePage (R) and Mike Michaud (D) each getting 40%. Independent Eliot Cutler remains far back at 17%.
 
* In North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, the latest Monmouth poll shows Sen. Kay Hagan (D) hanging on against Thom Tillis (R), 48% to 46%.
 
* Alaska is often overlooked as a key Senate battleground, in part because it’s so difficult to poll. That said, the New York Times reports this morning, “The state fell off the radar over the last few weeks because just about every unsponsored survey was showing Dan Sullivan, the Republican, in the lead. But over the last few days, two Alaska-based pollsters have shown [incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich] with a substantial lead.”
 
* Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) continues to face an uphill climb in her re-election bid in Louisiana. The latest Suffolk poll shows the senator with a narrow lead in the wide-open Election Day contest, but in a head-to-head runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), the Republican congressman has a seven point advantage over Landrieu.
 
* Things no longer look good for Democrats in South Dakota, where the party’s Senate hopeful, Rick Weiland, is accusing Democratic leaders of trying to sabotage his campaign. A week from Election Day, that’s probably a bad sign.
 
* There was some question as to whether Arkansas’ ballot proposal to raise the minimum wage would be on next week’s ballot, but the state Supreme Court rejected an effort yesterday to block the measure.
 
* The DSCC is running a new ad in New Hampshire, blasting former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Medicare. What’s of particular interest isn’t the ad; it’s that the DSCC believes New Hampshire is competitive enough to make the investment in the first place.
 
* And in Kansas, Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) political action committee is making a six-figure investment in the hopes of salvaging Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R) troubled career.
 

Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.28.14