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 latest Washington Post poll in Virginia shows Terry McAuliffe (D) in a very strong position in next week’s gubernatorial race, leading Ken Cuccinelli (R) 51% to 39%. Though the two are roughly tied among men, McAuliffe benefits from a whopping 24-point lead among women voters.
* The same poll shows Democratic candidates leading Virginia’s race for lieutenant governor by 13 points, and the race for state attorney general by three points.
* In related news, President Obama will travel to the commonwealth this weekend to campaign in support of McAuliffe; Vice President Biden will hit the stump with McAuliffe on Monday; and the McAuliffe campaign is airing a new radio ad featuring First Lady Michelle Obama.
* New Jersey’s gubernatorial race is a week from today, and a new Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. Chris Christie (R) leading Barbara Buono (D) by a greater than 2-to-1 margin, 64%-31%.
* Republican consultant and fundraiser Jeff Miller published a new memo the other day suggesting the California Republican Party is in very serious trouble.
* Apropos of nothing, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist released a new video last week that reinforces the impression that he’ll be running for governor – as a Democrat – in the Sunshine State next year.
* And in Kansas, a SurveyUSA poll found Senate Minority Leader Paul Davis (D) leading incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback (R) in next year’s gubernatorial race, 43% to 39%. Kansas Dems probably shouldn’t get too excited unless this is bolstered by other polls, but the poll probably raises questions about whether Brownback is as safe an incumbent as everyone has assumed.