Wednesday’s campaign round-up


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, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli, whose polling probably suggests a significant gender gap, released this new video yesterday highlighting the efforts he made as a University of Virginia undergraduate to combat campus sexual assault. Molly Redden had an interesting piece analyzing the message.

* On a related note, a new Quinnipiac poll in Virginia shows Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Cuccinelli by six points among likely voters, 48% to 42%.

* As Rachel noted on the show last night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) took one for the team yesterday, appearing at an endorsement event alongside U.S. Senate hopeful Steve Lonegan (R).

* Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), now the head of the Heritage Foundation, argued yesterday that there are congressional Republicans who are afraid to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act, but “they need to be replaced.”

* In Louisiana, the latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) looking surprisingly resilient in her home state, leading Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) by 10 points, 50% to 40%, in a hypothetical 2014 match-up. As for the Republican primary, Cassidy appears to have an insurmountable advantage.

* In North Carolina, right-wing Rep. Virginia Foxx (R) was reportedly interested in running against Sen. Kay Hagan (D) next year, but announced yesterday she will instead seek re-election to the House.

* And in Tennessee, Joe Carr’s Republican primary challenge to Sen. Lamar Alexander got off to a rough start yesterday. Not only did his campaign manager quit on the first day, but Carr’s campaign materials misspelled “Senate.”

Wednesday's campaign round-up