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:
* In Kentucky’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, the new Bluegrass Poll shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) narrowly leading Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), 47% to 45%. The poll measures support from likely voters. The previous Bluegrass Poll had Lundergan Grimes with a narrow lead, but it polled registered voters.
* Michelle Nunn’s (D) Senate campaign in Georgia sprung a leak yesterday, when “a detailed memo outlining” her game plan appeared in National Review, a conservative political magazine. As Benjy Sarlin added, “Most of the sections in the 144-page document are unremarkable, if annoying, for a campaign to see aired outside its offices.”
* In Michigan, a new statewide poll shows Rep. Gary Peters (D) leading Terri Lynn Land (R) in their U.S. Senate race, 43% to 38%. The five-point advantage is up from Peters’ three-point lead in the same poll last month.
* In Kansas’ surprisingly competitive gubernatorial race, incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has outraised his challenger, Paul Davis (D), but the governor relied on a $500,000 loan from his lieutenant governor to get the advantage.
* In West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race four years ago, Democrat Joe Manchin ran an ad shooting a gun at a cap-and-trade bill. In West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race this year, Democrat Natalie Tennant is running an ad in which she turns the lights off at the White House.
* In New Hampshire, former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) still hopes to turn around his struggling comeback bid, and launched a new anti-immigrant television ad this week. In the spot, Brown, running in a new state, condemns “the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Senator Shaheen,” falsely blaming these policies for the recent humanitarian crisis.
* And in Alabama, former Rep. Parker Griffith, the former Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat was asked about his underdog gubernatorial campaign. He replied, “How did I get here? Why am I the guy they shoved out on the end of the diving board, OK, stuck him in the butt with a knife?”
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