Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 4.8.15

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:
 
* Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is reportedly benefiting from “a cluster” of affiliated super PACs that are on track to raise $31 million this week. If that’s accurate, it’s a startlingly large haul and will help position the far-right Texan as a top-tier candidate.
 
* In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel won a second term in a runoff election yesterday, overcoming a challenge from Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. With nearly all the votes counted, the incumbent won by roughly 11 percentage points.
 
* Voters in Ferguson, Missouri, yesterday elected a more diverse city council. The six-member council had just one African-American member, and now it will have three.
 
* There was also a confusing election in Wisconsin yesterday: “In a result befitting politically polarized Wisconsin, voters on Tuesday re-elected a State Supreme Court justice seen as liberal, but passed a constitutional amendment that will most likely lead to the installation of a conservative chief justice.”
 
* Despite his highly controversial background, Jesse Benton will oversee Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) presidential super PAC. 
 
* As unbelievable as this may seem, Donald Trump now has four paid staffers in Iowa, including three new hires announced yesterday. One of the four is a GOP operative who helped Rick Santorum’s Iowa campaign in 2012.
 
* Now that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has announced his re-election plans, the far-right Senate Conservatives Fund made clear that it intends to back a primary challenge against him. Reps. Matt Salmon (R) and David Schweikert (R) have expressed an interest in the race.
 
* And for reasons I don’t entirely understand, the National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a robocall campaign this week, targeting eight incumbent House Democrats over Hillary Clinton using a private email account during her Secretary of State tenure. 
 

Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 4.8.15