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:
* It’s primary day in eight states today: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota. Clearly, the most closely watched contest is the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi.
* In Oregon’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Monica Wehby, eager to avoid questions from journalists, has begun announcing public events at the last minute, “making it logistically impossible for Portland-based reporters to cover her appearances.”
* In related news, Public Policy Polling now shows Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) leading Wehby by 14 points, 50% to 36%. It’s the first statewide poll since Wehby won her party’s primary.
* Also in Oregon, the same poll shows incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) ahead in his re-election bid against Republican challenger Dennis Richardson, 49% to 35%.
* In 2006, House Democrats utilized a “Six for ‘06” campaign, letting voters know what Dems intended to do if rewarded with the majority. Yesterday, DCCC Chair Steve Israel said the party will unveil a similar strategy this year. “This election’s going to be a referendum on who’s got your back,” he told The Hill. “And so it will fit into that general theme.”
* Whoever is doing media for Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is coming up with some pretty good ads.
* Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation is launching a new attack ad in Arkansas, going after Sen. Mark Pryor (D) for the Affordable Care Act and trying to tie the incumbent to President Obama.
* And wrestling executive Linda McMahon may have failed in both of her Republican U.S. Senate campaigns, but she’s now making the transition to becoming one of her party’s mega-donors. She’s “already contributed about $1 million to federal candidates, party committees and super PACs, including Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, the research and tracking group America Rising and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’ group Ending Spending, according to a review of public finance records.”
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