Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 4.16.14

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:
 
* It may seem far-fetched, but outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is “considering entreaties from Democrats” who are urging her to run against Sen. Pat Roberts (R) in Kansas this year. Note, Sebelius is a former two-term governor from Kansas.
 
* A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows Democrats with a modest lead over Republicans on the generic congressional ballot, 48% to 42%. The Dems’ six-point advantage is up from a two-point lead in the same poll in February.
 
* In Texas, PPP shows Greg Abbott (R) continuing to lead Wendy Davis (D) in this year’s gubernatorial race, 51% to 37%.
 
* Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D) new TV ad in Louisiana features the senator making remarks at a staged hearing – it was a reenactment of an actual hearing – though her campaign was quick to note they couldn’t use the original footage in an ad because that’s prohibited.
 
* Fundraising success doesn’t always translate to electoral success, but it’s raising eyebrows in both parties that Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) outraised Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (D) for the second consecutive quarter.
 
* Andrew Kaczynski continues to find ugly details from Chris McDaniel’s past: “A leading Republican candidate for Senate in Mississippi wrote blog posts criticizing poor people affected by Hurricane Katrina and mocking a Muslim man’s name.” McDaniel is taking on Sen. Thad Cochran (R) in a Mississippi primary.
 
* In Idaho, Rep. Mike Simpson (R) is getting a boost with a new ad from, of all people, Mitt Romney. In the commercial, paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the failed presidential candidate appears to be speaking from a room meant to look like the Oval Office.
 

Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 4.16.14