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 the new Washington Post/ABC News poll, Republicans lead Democrats on the generic ballot, 47% to 44%, among likely voters. Among registered voters, Democrats lead, 46% to 44%.
* On a related note, the poll shows a big gender gap: Democrats lead by 12 points among women, while Republicans lead by eight points among men.
* Today is the final Primary Day of 2014, with contests in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. Among the key races to watch: Rep. John Tierney’s Democratic primary in Massachusetts.
* Former Sen. Scott Brown (R) was introduced by a supporter at an event yesterday, who shared a story about a local voter who wanted to meet the Republican candidate. The local voter “always thought Scott was kind of a phony from Massachusetts,” but now realizes “he’s a phony from New Hampshire that just happened to live in Massachusetts for a little while.”
* In Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, a new PPP survey shows Rep. Gary Peters (D) with a growing lead over Terri Lynn Land (R). The Democrat is now up by seven in this poll, 43% to 36%.
* On a related note, the same poll showed Michigan’s gubernatorial race nearly tied, with incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder (R) leading Mark Schauer (D) by just one point, 43% to 42%.
* The latest Gallup poll puts Congress’ approval rating at just 14%. That’s “one of the lowest Gallup has recorded in the fall of a midterm election year since Gallup first measured approval of Congress in the current format in 1974.”
* In a debate last night, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) referenced the names of journalists murdered by ISIS as part of a discussion of U.S. policy in Syria. He apologized soon after.
* In Florida’s gubernatorial race, the latest Mason-Dixon poll shows incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R) with a narrow lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist (D), 43% to 41%.
* And speaking of Scott, the Republican has spent “as much as $3.5 million on TV ads excoriating Charlie Crist over a former donor convicted in a Ponzi scheme.” Asked to explain his own message and strategy, the governor told reporters this week, “I’m not a pundit. You guys write about this stuff. You can write about it.”