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:
* Georgia’s U.S. Senate race has quickly become one of the nation’s premier contests. A new SurveyUSA poll shows Michelle Nunn (D) pulling into the lead over David Perdue (R), 48% to 45%.
* In related news, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee may be moving away from Kentucky, but it’s increasingly interested in Georgia, where the DSCC is reserving $1 million in ad time in support of Nunn.
* Also note, the same poll found Georgia’s gubernatorial race all tied up, with Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Jason Carter (D) each generating 46% support.
* In Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, Quinnipiac’s new poll shows Joni Ernst’s (R) lead over Bruce Braley (D) shrinking to just two points, 47% to 45%, down from Ernst’s six-point advantage a month ago.
* Colorado may very well be on pace to elect its most right-wing U.S. senator in state history, with a new CNN poll showing Rep. Cory Gardner (R) leading Sen. Mark Udall (D) by four, 50% to 46%.
* In the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Democrats lead Republicans on the generic congressional ballot among all voters, 46% to 42%, but Republicans lead Democrats on the generic ballot among voters who actually intend to show up, 46% to 44%.
* In Maine’s gubernatorial race, the latest Bangor Daily News poll shows Rep. Mike Michaud (D) with a six-point lead over Gov. Paul LePage (R), 42% to 36%. Independent Eliot Cutler is third in the poll with 16% support (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the heads-up).
* Sen. Pat Roberts (R) of Kansas has been pushing hard for more corporate support for his struggling re-election campaign, and het U.S. Chamber of Commerce is listening – the business lobby is investing over a half-million dollars in attack ads targeting Greg Orman (I).
* Speaking of Roberts, we were reminded yesterday that Roberts promised voters in 1996 he only intended to serve two terms. He’s running for his fourth term now.
* And Idaho’s gubernatorial race really hasn’t been on the national radar, but the latest PPP survey shows incumbent Gov. Butch Otter (R) with a small lead over A.J. Balukoff (D), 39% to 35%. Minor-party candidates combine for 12%, while 14% are undecided.
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