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:
* The far-right Club for Growth has launched a new attack ad in Mississippi targeting Sen. Thad Cochran (R) and it’s pretty brutal. (It also suggests the Club of Growth doesn’t understand what the debt ceiling is.)
* For his part, Cochran’s campaign is hitting primary challenger Chris McDaniel with a tough spot of his own, highlighting the fact that McDaniel isn’t sure whether he would have supported federal disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
* In Kentucky, PPP shows Alison Lundergran Grimes (D) with a one-point advantage over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), 45% to 44%.
* In Michigan, PPP shows Gary Peters (D) climbing past Terri Lynn Land (R) in their competitive U.S. Senate race, 41% to 36%. The last PPP had Land up by two.
* The same poll shows Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) with a narrow lead over Mark Schauer (D) in their gubernatorial race, 43% to 39%.
* In Pennsylvania, PPP shows Gov. Tom Corbett (R) struggling in his bid for a second term, losing to a generic Democratic challenger by 22 points, 56% to 34%.
* Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), now running in New Hampshire, failed to properly fill out the paperwork for his campaign exploratory committee – he neglected to identify which party he belongs to.
* In North Carolina’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D) raised nearly $2.8 million in the first quarter, more than double her leading contender, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R). That said, Tillis will have massive support from outside groups, which Hagan and Democrats will struggle to keep up with.
* On a related note, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has announced it’s backing Tillis, and is prepared to run TV ads on his behalf.