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 two weeks remaining before South Carolina’s closely watched congressional special election, Public Policy Polling finds Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) leading former Gov. Mark Sanford (R) by nine, 50% to 41%.
* For his part, Sanford took out a full-page ad in a local paper yesterday explaining why he trespassed on his ex-wife’s property
* In Hawaii, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has reportedly decided to run against appointed Sen. Brian Schatz in a Democratic primary next year. Hanabusa met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last week, though the DSCC will, as is customary, back the incumbent.
* In Michigan’s gubernatorial race, voters are largely unfamiliar with Democrats Mark Schauer and Bart Stupak, but a new statewide poll nevertheless shows them effectively tied with incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder (R). “If they’re running even with Snyder and no one knows who they are, that’s an indication that Snyder is losing support,” pollster Bernie Porn said.
* In Colorado, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) continues to look fairly strong in a new statewide poll, with double-digit leads over most of his would-be GOP challengers. The exception is former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R), who trails Udall by seven, 48% to 41%.
* In South Dakota, former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) has acknowledged that she’s eyeing the open U.S. Senate race, following Sen. Tim Johnson’s (D) retirement. Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) is already in the race, though Rep. Kristi Noem (R) is also reportedly interested.
* And in Virginia, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) now wishes he’d remained in the gubernatorial race a little longer, now that state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is his party’s nominee. “If I have one regret about the decision it’s that I wish I had waited longer,” Bolling told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Because if I had waited longer I think we may have (seen) the direction these campaigns were going and that may have made it easier to raise more money.”