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:
* Primary voters in North Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio head to the polls today. There are plenty of races to watch, but arguably the key race is the Republican U.S. Senate primary in North Carolina.
* And with that in mind, PPP now shows Thom Tillis leading the Republican U.S. Senate primary in North Carolina with 40% support, followed by Greg Brannon at 28%. PPP shows Brannon narrowing the gap, but the 40% threshold is key – it’s what Tillis will need to avoid a runoff.
* A new CNN poll shows Republicans with a narrow lead over Democrats on the generic congressional ballot, 46% to 45%. The same poll shows Democrats with a three-point advantage on which party should control the Senate.
* In an interesting sign of the times, Sen. Mark Begich (D) launched a new radio ad in Alaska this week criticizing his Republican challengers for not being pro-choice (thanks to my colleague Kate Osborn for the heads-up).
* In Kentucky, two-term incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is ineligible to run for re-election, and to no one’s surprise, state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) will run to succeed him. Remember, this is an off-year election – Kentucky’s gubernatorial race is one of only a handful of races to be held in 2015.
* Some stories I couldn’t make up if I tried: “Under federal investigation, former U.S. Rep. David Rivera filed [to run] for Congress on Friday, chatting with fellow candidates in line while refusing to talk to the Miami Herald about his legal challenges.”
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