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:
* Voters will head to the polls today in Mississippi’s 1st district, where a special election is being held to replace Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R), who died in February. Thirteen Republican candidates are running, making a June 2 runoff likely.
* Jeb Bush’s Democratic critics wasted no time last night, pouncing on his comments to Fox News endorsing the war in Iraq.
* On a related note, the former Florida governor raised eyebrows by saying he opposes President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but he wouldn’t repeal them right away if elected.
* Nevada Republicans have not yet recruited a top-tier candidate to run in next year’s open U.S. Senate race, but Rep. Joe Heck (R) is reportedly “getting closer” to throwing his hat into the ring.
* The Democratic Governors’ Association hoped to recruit West Virginia billionaire businessman Jim Justice to run for governor as a Dem, and today, Justice announced his plan to do exactly that.
* Jeb Bush continues to generate support from the Republican establishment, as evidenced by Michael Steel, one of Speaker John Boehner’s top aides, leaving Capitol Hill to join Bush’s political action committee.
* Lindsey Graham is making clear he disagrees with Mike Huckabee about Americans delaying enlistment in the U.S. military until 2017. As best as I can tell, no other GOP presidential hopefuls have weighed in on Huckabee’s bizarre line.
* And Ben Carson has joined Rick Santorum as the only Republicans running for the White House who back a higher minimum wage. The retired right-wing neurosurgeon told CNBC’s John Harwood late last week that it’s “probably” time for an increase.
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