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:
* Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) scandals appear to be taking a toll on his standing in New Jersey. A new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll shows his approval rating dropping 15 points over the last two months, from 65% to 50%. Most of Christie’s constituents now believe he was involved in the bridge fiasco, despite his denials.
* In Iowa’s open U.S. Senate race, a new PPP poll shows Rep. Bruce Braley (D) with modest leads over each of his Republican challengers. Braley, however, is far better known than the GOP candidates, each of whom has fairly low name-recognition.
* The RNC outraised the DNC in January, $7.8 million to $6.6 million. The RNC now has $9.8 million cash on hand, while the DNC has $5.7 million.
* On a related note, the DCCC narrowly outraised the NRCC last month, $6.8 million to $6.1 million. Despite the House Republican majority, the Democratic campaign committee has consistently surpassed their counterparts this cycle.
* In Hawaii, a new Honolulu Civil Beat Poll shows a very close Democratic U.S. Senate primary, with appointed Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa tied at 40% each.
* In Georgia, Republican Eugene Yu has decided to end his struggling U.S. Senate campaign and will instead try to take on Rep. John Barrow (D) in November.
* And in Oklahoma, Democratic congressional candidates face uphill climbs, but state Sen. Al McAffrey (D) is nevertheless running in the 5th district, hoping to replace Rep. James Lankford (R), who’s running for the U.S. Senate.
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