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 New Jersey, Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) and former Bogota Mayor Steven Lonegan (R) won their respective primaries and will meet in October in a U.S. Senate special election. American Bridge, a progressive super PAC, welcomed Lonegan to the general election last night with this video.
* On a related note, National Journal reports that Gov. Chris Christie (R) is expected to “offer Lonegan a formal endorsement,” but the governor won’t campaign for his party’s Senate candidate or raise money for him.
* In new results from PPP, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) approval rating is down to 39%. The governor has only been in office since January, but this is his weakest support to date.
* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said yesterday his party does have a candidate for West Virginia’s open U.S. Senate race, but he can’t say who he or she is yet. “I think we’re going to be very competitive in – in West Virginia, we have a candidate there who should be announcing shortly,” he said.
* In Detroit, billboards put up by local officials recently advertised the wrong date for the city’s local elections – getting both the day and the month wrong (thanks to my colleague Kent Jones for the tip).
* And Progress Kentucky, the controversial liberal super PAC, permanently closed its doors late last week, wrapping up a difficult eight-month run.