Tuesday’s campaign round-up

Democratic Reps. Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey of Massachusetts
Democratic Reps. Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey of Massachusetts
Associated Press

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 time running out in Massachusetts’ Senate Democratic special-election primary, Public Policy Polling now shows (pdf) Rep. Ed Markey leading Rep. Stephen Lynch by 17 points, 49% to 32%. The poll was conducted for the League of Conservation Voters.

* Speaking of Massachusetts, Republican Senate hopeful Michael Sullivan is receiving some “unsolicited help” from a Tea Party activist “who has called the same-sex marriage movement ‘dangerous’ and ‘relentless, vicious, and hell-bent.’”

* In Colorado, Republicans hoped to target Sen. Mark Udall (D) next year, but the Democratic incumbent has already raised $1.5 million this year, and has $2.5 million in cash on hand. No top-tier GOP candidates have even hinted at interest in the race yet.

* Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) narrowly won re-election last year over former state Sen. David Rouzer (R), prevailing by just 654 votes, making it the closest House race in the country. Yesterday, Rouzer announced he’s seeking a rematch.

* It’s looked as if Rep. Allyson Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord would battle out in Pennsylvania for the Democrats’ gubernatorial nomination, but Rep. Scott Conklin’s (D) spokesperson acknowledged yesterday that Conklin is eyeing the race, too.

* Looking ahead, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced yesterday he’ll be campaigning in Iowa later this month, in advance of a likely national campaign. Similarly, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Dinner next month.

Tuesday's campaign round-up