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:
* Despite three years of media speculation that Jewish voters will abandon President Obama, a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, an independent research group, shows Obama with strong Jewish support. Indeed, his Jewish backing is largely unchanged from 2008 levels.
* In Maryland yesterday, incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D) easily fended off a primary challenge, defeating state Sen. Anthony Muse by a whopping 58 points. Cardin will face Republican Dan Bongino in November.
* In Nevada’s closely-watched U.S. Senate race, Public Policy Polling shows appointed Sen. Dean Heller (R) with a three-point lead over Shelley Berkeley (D), 46% to 43%.
* In Illinois, controversial Rep. Joe Walsh (R) recently dismissed Tammy Duckworth’s military background, describing her as, “female, wounded veteran, ehh.” Walsh now says he “meant something other than how it came out.”
* Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) appears likely to win a second term this year, but just in case, America Works USA, an ally of the Democratic Governors Association, is making a half-million-dollar ad buy in support of the incumbent governor.
* And in Nebraska yesterday, there was an awkward moment during a debate for the Republican U.S. Senate candidates when state Attorney General Jon Bruning noted that his main GOP challenger, former state Attorney General Don Stenberg, tried to follow Bruning’s teenaged daughter on Twitter. Bruning asked, “Why does a 62-year-old man want to follow a 14 year old girl on Twitter?”