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:
* Rep. Ed Markey (D) released the first post-primary television ad of the Senate special election in Massachusetts, which focuses on his record on telecom innovation.
* In Virginia’s gubernatorial race, a new NBC/Marist poll shows Terry McAuliffe (D) with a narrow lead over state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), 43% to 41% among registered voters. However, among likely voters, Cuccinelli has the edge, 45% to 42%.
* And speaking of 2013 gubernatorial races, NBC/Marist also found New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) leading state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), 60% to 28%. Of particular interest: 42% of New Jersey voters who backed President Obama are supporting Christie.
* In Georgia, Rep. John Barrow (D) announced yesterday that he will run for re-election and skip the open U.S. Senate race. It’s a setback for the DSCC – Barrow was widely seen as the most competitive Democrat for the race.
* As if other recent polling weren’t discouraging enough for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R), a new Franklin & Marshall College poll found that 64% of Pennsylvanians want a new governor, while only 25% believe Corbett deserves another term.
* Former Sen. Scott Brown (R) made another appearance in New Hampshire over the weekend, and was asked about whether he’d run for the Senate in the Granite State. “I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do, to be honest with you,” he said.
* On the other hand, even now, Brown would be considered the leading gubernatorial candidate if he chose to run in Massachusetts next year.
* And in Ohio, Tea Party activists are threatening a major split with the state Republican Party, which has many GOP leaders concerned.