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:
* How competitive is Iowa’s U.S. Senate race? The latest Loras College Poll, released yesterday, showed Joni Ernst (R) leading Bruce Braley (D), 42.4% to 42.1%.
* With Greg Orman (I) looking like a frontrunner in Kansas’ U.S. Senate race, there’s considerable interest in which party he’d caucus with. The independent candidate told NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell yesterday’s he’s willing to switch back and forth between Democrats and Republicans, whenever it suits his purposes.
* There’s usually very little interest in South Dakota’s U.S. Senate race, but some progressives have quietly begun investing in the three-way contest, hoping to boost Rick Weiland (D) over Mike Rounds (R). All polling shows Rounds ahead, but former Sen. Larry Pressler, running as an independent, has shaken up the contest.
* In Michigan’s gubernatorial race, PPP now shows Gov. Rick Snyder (R) leading Mark Schauer (D) by one, 47% to 46%, while a new Detroit News poll shows Snyder up by eight points.
* In Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, both of these polls show Gary Peters (D) with comfortable leads over Terri Lynn Land (R), and reports indicate that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has officially given up on the race.
* The NRSC isn’t the only committee making tough “triage” decisions right now: the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee canceled ad buys in 12 U.S. House races this week, while adding resources to six other congressional campaigns.
* Connecticut is home to one of the nation’s more competitive gubernatorial races, though a new PPP poll shows Dan Malloy (D) with an eight-point advantage over Tom Foley (R), 43% to 35%. Joe Visconti (I) is third in the poll with 9% support.
* The VoteVets Action Fund this week launched three television ad buys, targeting Arkansas’ U.S. Senate race, Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, and a U.S. House race in Hawaii. The group will spend nearly $800,000 on the ads combined.
* And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) stars in three Spanish-language television ads sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The ads intend to help Cory Gardner’s (R) Senate campaign in Colorado, as well as U.S. House candidates in California and Arizona.
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