Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 3.21.18

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* Primary Day proved to be quite interesting in Illinois, where Rep. Dan Lapinski (D-Ill.) apparently won a very competitive race; Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) narrowly survived his primary; J.B. Pritzker (D) earned the opportunity to take Rauner on; and a neo-Nazi won an uncontested Republican congressional primary.

* Still upset that their gerrymandering plan was rejected, a dozen Pennsylvania Republicans yesterday introduced a measure yesterday to impeach four members of the state Supreme Court.

* What may be today’s most notable campaign-related tidbit is the Public Policy Polling survey in Tennessee, where former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) leads Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) in their U.S. Senate race, 46% to 41%, at least in this poll. The seat is currently held by Sen. Bob Corker (R), who’s retiring.

* Speaking of competitive Senate races, Public Policy Polling also found Sen. Dean Heller (R) trailing Rep. Jacky Rosen (D), 44% to 39%. Heller, of course, is the only GOP incumbent senator running in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

* The Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity (AFP) is making another six-figure ad buy, this time targeting Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a moderate North Dakota Democrat, who’s up for re-election this year.

* As Cambridge Analytica is embroiled in scandal, its former clients are starting to face new scrutiny. In North Carolina, the News & Observer  reports today on the state GOP and Sen. Thom Tillis paying the controversial data firm $345,000 in the 2014 election cycle.

* We now know for certain that Gov. Paul LePage (R) won’t take on Sen. Angus King (I) this year – the filing deadline just passed – despite Donald Trump urging the governor to run.

* And in Kentucky, after Rep. John Yarmuth (D) bragged about his F rating from the National Rifle Association, the congressman’s Republican rival, Carl Nett, joked about shooting him. Nett later apologized.

Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 3.21.18