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 Maine’s gubernatorial race, Independent Eliot Cutler called a press conference this morning to announce he’s not dropping out of the race he’s now certain to lose. “As we enter the closing days of this campaign, I ask my supporters simply to vote their consciences,” he said.
* In Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, the latest Loras College Poll shows Bruce Braley (D) up by one point, while the new Quinnipiac poll shows Joni Ernst (R) up by four points.
* Though several recent polls showed Michelle Nunn (D) taking the lead in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, two new polls show David Perdue (R) out in front. The latest SurveyUSA poll shows Perdue up by three points, while a Monmouth poll shows the far-right candidate leading by eight.
* On a related note, the Monmouth survey, which seems like an outlier, also shows Gov. Nathan Deal (R) leading Jason Carter (D), 48% to 42%.
* In Colorado’s gubernatorial race, Quinnipiac shows Bob Beauprez (R) with a surprisingly comfortable lead over incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), 45% to 40%. Last week, Quinnipiac had Hickenlooper up by one.
* On a related note, Beauprez is running an attack ad highlighting the murder of former Colorado Dept. of Corrections Chief Tom Clements, which the former congressman inexplicably blames on the governor. Clements’ family wants Beauprez to take down the ad.
* In Kansas’ closely watched races, SurveyUSA’s new poll found Greg Orman (I) leading Sen. Pat Roberts (R), 44% to 42%, and Paul Davis (D) ahead of Gov. Sam Brownback (R), 46% to 43%.
* South Carolina’s gubernatorial race got a shake-up yesterday, when Independent Tom Ervin ended his candidacy and threw his support to Vincent Sheheen (D). That may not be enough, however, to overcome incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R) advantage.
* And Rhode Island continues to be home to one of the nation’s most competitive gubernatorial races, with a new Brown University poll showing Gina Raimondo (D) with a narrow lead over Allan Fung (R), 38% to 37%. Independent Bob Healey is third with 12%.