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:
* Republican Senate hopeful Steve Lonegan appears to be struggling in New Jersey, but he hopes to get a boost this week from an endorsement and campaign appearance from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Gov. Chris Christie (R) has reportedly been invited to participate at their event, though the governor and Paul generally don’t get along.
* In Virginia, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli launched a new ad this morning (which is unfortunately not yet on YouTube), highlighting his role helping free a wrongly convicted man. It’s the kind of ad a campaign runs when its candidate has low favorability numbers.
* On a related note, Larry Sabato wrote late last week, “As the calendar turns to September, the nation’s marquee race in 2013 is coming into focus: Terry McAuliffe (D) now has an edge over Ken Cuccinelli (R) in the Virginia gubernatorial race, and we’re changing our rating in the contest from toss-up to Leans Democratic.”
* In Tennessee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) is apparently poised to get another primary opponent, with former Williamson County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Kookogey going so far as to call himself an “unannounced candidate” over the weekend.
* In Alaska, a Hays Research Group poll found incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D) with a surprisingly large lead over Mead Treadwell (R), 50% to 39%, in their likely 2014 match-up.
* And while West Virginia looks like a clear pick-up opportunity for Republicans next year, a West Virginia Poll released late last week showed a competitive contest, with Rep. Shelley Capito (R) leading Natalie Tennant (D) by just five points, 45% to 40%.