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 Florida, Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) ambitious spending spree appears to have a made a big difference: after the incumbent spent $13 million on TV ads, he’s now tied with former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) in the new PPP poll, 42% each.
* Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis (D) has struggled to narrow the gap against Greg Abbott (R), and today she’ll replace her campaign manager with a Democratic state representative, Chris Turner.
* In Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran (R) has generally avoided talking about his primary challenger, Chris McDaniel, though that changed yesterday. The incumbent senator called the state senator a dangerous “extremist” who would leave the state more vulnerable. Their runoff primary is June 24.
* The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by Jim DeMint to back right-wing candidates in GOP primaries, has a new president: former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli is perhaps best known as the culture warrior who lost last year’s gubernatorial race.
* Following the elaborate scheme in Virginia’s state Senate the other day, Republicans now control literally every legislative body – state House and state Senate – in the former confederacy. That hasn’t happened since Reconstruction. [Correction: it turns out this is the second time since Reconstruction, not the first.]
* In North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan (D), in a tough re-election fight, has a new ad featuring a Marine thanking the senator for her work helping families exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.
* And as of now, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has officially given up his Canadian citizenship.
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