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:
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, it looks like Rep. John Conyers (D), a longtime incumbent, will have to run as a write-in candidate after failing to submit the proper number of ballot signatures in his Michigan district.
* One of the more interesting results in yesterday’s West Virginia primary was seeing former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney win the Republican nod in the race to replace Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R), who’s now running for the Senate. Just two years ago, Mooney eyed a congressional race in Maryland, then crossed state lines.
* In Nebraska yesterday, Rep. Lee Terry (R) won his primary fight, but not easily, dispatching rival Dan Frei, 54% to 46%.
* After getting caught engaging in extra-marital smooching, Rep. Vance McAllister (R) announced he would not seek re-election in Louisiana. This week, however, he started hedging a bit on his future plans.
* Though was seen as a vulnerable incumbent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R) re-election bid appears to be in pretty good shape, at least at this point in the race. A new Quinnipiac poll shows him leading Ed Fitzgerald by 15 points, 50% to 35%.
* In Pennsylvania, a plurality of Democratic voters do not yet have a gubernatorial favorite, but among those who support a candidate, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Tom Wolf leading the pack with 33%, followed by Allyson Schwartz at 14%.
* In Alaska, a new PPP survey shows incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D) leading each of his Republican rivals by margins ranging from five to eight points.
* And in Florida’s 13th congressional district, Democrats can’t seem to catch a break. Less than a month after recruiting retired Marine and former police officer Ed Jany to take on Rep. David Jolly (R), Jany quit the race yesterday.