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 the new Washington Post/ABC News poll, Democrats lead Republicans on the generic congressional ballot, 46% to 44%, among registered voters. Among likely voters, however, the results flip, and Republicans lead Democrats, 49% to 44%.
* In North Carolina, PPP now shows Tom Tillis with a sizable lead in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. Tillis, who tops Greg Brannon 46% to 20%, may finally be in a position to avoid a runoff.
* Add former Gov. Charlie Crist to the list of Democrats running statewide campaigns while enthusiastically endorsing the Affordable Care Act. “I don’t shy away from it. I don’t back away from it. I don’t apologize for it. It’s the right thing to do,” Crist said during a recent appearance.
* To the surprise of no one, Vermont Gov. Peter Shunlin (D), in his capacity as chair of the Democratic Governors Association, said this morning that the DGA doesn’t intend to invest any money in Nevada’s gubernatorial race this year because incumbent Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) is a practical lock for a second term.
* In Iowa, Senate hopeful Mark Jacobs (R) was asked whether he’d forgo his Senate salary if he wins. “I don’t think U.S. senators make that much money,” he said. The typical senator makes $174,000 a year – more than triple the average annual salary for a middle-class American worker.
* And in Florida, former Democratic candidate Jessica Ehrlich has announced she won’t take on Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), who narrowly won a special election last month in a competitive district. The DCCC has still not yet recruited a candidate for the race.