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 Arkansas, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia. The two races getting the most attention: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R) primary race in Virginia and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R) effort to avoid a primary runoff in South Carolina.
* In an unexpected move, Monica Wehby, the Republican Senate candidate in Oregon, finally took questions from reporters yesterday about the fact that an ex-husband and a former boyfriend both called police on Wehby when their relationships with her ended, and both claimed she harassed them. The Republican, in all seriousness, said the incidents “show that she stands up for her beliefs and ‘will fight for Oregonians with very strong conviction.’”
* With two weeks to go before the GOP Senate runoff in Mississippi, state Sen. Chris McDaniel has launched his first TV ad since the primary. It does not mention incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran by name.
* In West Virginia, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R), her state’s U.S. Senate nominee, still refuses to say whether she supports Medicaid expansion.
* Speaking of Medicaid expansion, Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, state Sen. Jason Carter, is increasingly making his support for the policy one of the centerpieces of his campaign platform (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the tip).
* In Massachusetts, a new Suffolk poll shows state Attorney General Martha Coakley easily leading the Democratic gubernatorial field with 44% support. Her next closest challenger, Steve Grossman, has 12% in the poll. Three other candidates are in single digits.
* And north of the border, new polling shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s approval rating dropping to 28%. Under the circumstances, I’m not sure whether to consider that number high or low. Either way, it would appear Ford’s term as mayor of one of the continent’s largest cities is poised to end. The election is October 27.