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:
* The latest CNN poll shows Democrats leading Republicans among likely voters on the generic congressional ballot, 47% to 45%. The same results show President Obama’s approval rating inching just a little higher, to 44%.
* In Iowa’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, PPP’s latest survey shows Joni Ernst (R) with a two-point lead over Rep. Bruce Braley (D). The margin is unchanged from the PPP’s poll in August.
* In Florida’s gubernatorial race, the newest Survey USA poll shows former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) with a six-point advantage over incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R), 46% to 40%. That’s a bigger lead than most recent surveys in the state, many of which show Scott with a slight edge.
* In a bit of a surprise, Gallup’s latest poll in Louisiana found more voters in the state identifying as Democrats, reversing a four-year trend that favored the GOP.
* On the other hand, PPP’s latest Louisiana survey shows Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) with a small lead over incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), 48% to 45%. If neither candidate gets 50%, the two will meet again in a December runoff.
* Ohio’s gubernatorial race appears to be over, with a new Quinnipiac poll showing incumbent Gov. John Kasich (R) with a 22-point lead over Ed FitzGerald (D).
* And in Arkansas, the Republican candidate for state attorney general, Leslie Rutledge, apparently won’t be able to vote for herself – she’s not a registered Arkansas voter.