Wednesday’s campaign round-up


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 new video from the American Bridge Super PAC suggests Virginia’s gubernatorial race is already in full swing, eight months before Election Day.

* In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) popularity appears to be fading fast. The Detroit Free Press reported yesterday on a new statewide poll showing only 36% of Michigan voters giving the governor a positive rating.

* And then there were two: businessman Gabriel Gomez has joined state Rep. Dan Winslow as the only two Republicans running in Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate special election.

* Though Sen. Kay Hagan (D) is widely viewed as vulnerable in North Carolina next year, the latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows the incumbent leading each of her likely Republican challengers by margins ranging from 5 to 15 points.

* In Arkansas, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr (R) announced this week that he will not run for governor next year, clearing the way for former Rep. Asa Hutchinson. Darr is rumored to be interested in the U.S. Senate race, however.

* In Florida, there’s plenty of scuttlebutt about former Gov. Charlie Crist running as a Democrat against Gov. Rick Scott (R) next year, but don’t rule out former Florida CFO Alex Sink (D), who narrowly lost to Scott in 2010, and is considering a rematch.

* In Ohio, state Democratic leaders believe Richard Cordray’s nomination to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is likely to fail due to Republican obstructionism, which means Cordray may yet be able to run against Gov. John Kasich (R) next year.

* And in Georgia, Rep. Tom Price (R) is widely assumed to be eyeing next year’s wide-open U.S. Senate race, but the far-right congressman said yesterday he won’t make a formal decision until May.

Wednesday's campaign round-up