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’s 19th congressional district, businessman Curt Clawson (R) won a special election yesterday to replace former Rep. Trey Radel (R) in a heavily Republican district. Clawson is expected to be sworn into office sometime this week.
* In New York, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) appears to have prevailed in his very competitive primary, but there are still absentee ballots and affidavit ballots that could conceivably tip the scales.
* Cuban-American voters were once thought to be one of the Republican Party’s core base, but a new study from the Pew Research Center shows how much that’s changed in recent years. A decade ago, Cubans preferred the GOP by a nearly three-to-one margin over Democrats. Now, the constituency’s partisan allegiances are almost evenly divided. This isn’t good news for Florida Republicans who’ve counted on the Cuban-American vote for many years.
* When Scott Brown was running for the Senate in Massachusetts in 2012, he didn’t want to talk about Mitt Romney’s support. Now that Scott Brown is running for the Senate in New Hampshire in 2014, however, he’s eager to campaign alongside Romney.
* In California’s new Field Poll, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) enjoys a 20-point lead over his closest Republican rival, Neel Kashkari, 52% to 32%.
* In Maryland, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown cruised to an easy win in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary yesterday, and is now well positioned to become the state’s first African-American governor. He would also be only the third African-American governor ever elected in any state.
* And in Iowa, former Capitol Hill aide David Young won the Republican nomination in the 3rd congressional district, after a lengthy convention. The developments came as a relief to the GOP establishment, who feared far-right state Sen. Brad Zaun (R) would get the nomination.