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:
* In Virginia, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe has unveiled his first television ad of the cycle, a bio spot focusing on the candidate’s childhood, business experience, and motivations.
* A new Quinnipiac poll found Democrats leading Republicans on the congressional generic ballot, 41% to 37%, which as the pollster noted, “would violate the historical model of the president’s party losing ground in the sixth year of a presidency.”
* In South Carolina’s congressional special election, Republican Mark Sanford yesterday received an unwelcome endorsement from Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, who described the former governor as the “sex pioneer of our time.”
* With Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) leaving Congress to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, there will be a special election to fill his vacancy. Watt’s North Carolina district is not considered competitive – President Obama won it with more than 78% of the vote.
* In West Virginia, Rep. Nick Rahall (D) has announced he will seek re-election rather than mount a U.S. Senate campaign in 2014. DSCC recruitment will now focus on attorney Nick Preservati, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, and possibly state Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Robin Davis.
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) appears to be a prohibitive favorite for re-election this year, but he still has a campaign war chest and he intends to spend some of it. The Christie campaign will launch its first television ad today, and spend nearly $1.5 million to air the 60-second spot.
* Could the Pennsylvania Republican plan to change how the state allocates electoral votes play a role in the state’s gubernatorial race? Count on it.
* And following a National Review article, there’s quite a bit of chatter this morning about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launching a presidential campaign in 2016.