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:
* As noted on the show last night, a group of 104 Kansas Republicans announced their support yesterday for Paul Davis, the Democrat running against Gov. Sam Brownback (R). The list of Republicans backing the Democrat includes two former lieutenant governors, the current state insurance commissioner, and many former members of the state legislature.
* In a runoff primary in Alabama yesterday, Gary Palmer defeated state Rep. Paul DeMarco and is now well positioned to replace retiring Rep. Spencer Bachus (R). It was a rare 2014 win for the Club for Growth.
* In Iowa’s closely watching U.S. Senate race, a new NBC News/Marist poll shows Joni Ernst (R) and Bruce Braley (D) tied at 43% each.
* In New Hampshire, a NBC News/Marist poll shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) with an eight-point advantage over former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), 50% to 42%.
* Florida’s Republican legislature has decided not to appeal the recent ruling on redistricting, meaning that state lawmakers will have to redraw the congressional-distract map. The changes are unlikely to affect the 2014 cycle.
* When it comes to this year’s competitive gubernatorial races, keep an eye on South Carolina – the Democratic Governors Association is launching a six-figure ad buy targeting incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley (R).
* In Colorado, though most recent polling shows Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) leading former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R), a new Quinnipiac poll shows the former Republican congressman with a slight advantage, 44% to 43%.
* And in Kentucky, U.S. Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) reported yesterday that she raised $4 million in the second quarter of the year. That’s the best haul of any candidate, in any race, in state history.