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 Kentucky, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s political director tweeted “a badly photoshopped image” of Alison Lundergan Grimes’ face onto the 2007 “Obama Girl.” NRSC later agreed the tweet was “extremely offensive” and blamed an overzealous “junior staffer.”
* The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity are launching a new “$3.5 million attack advertising campaign” targeting three vulnerable Democratic senators and three vulnerable Democratic House members over their support for the Affordable Care Act.
* Though Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is generally considered a fairly safe bet for re-election, a new Quinnipiac poll shows the incumbent ahead by just three points over far-right Republican Ken Buck, who failed in his first Senate bid in 2010.
* And speaking of Colorado, the same Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) leading each of his four Republican challengers by margins ranging from four to six points.
* In Mississippi, PPP shows Sen. Thad Cochran leading Chris McDaniel in a Republican primary by just six points, 44% to 38%, if Cochran seeks re-election.
* In Montana, PPP shows Rep. Steve Daines (R) with a big lead over Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D) in next year’s open U.S. Senate race, 52% to 35%. The PPP report suggested Walsh is at a big disadvantage because of his party, which is unpopular in the state.
* And in fundraising news, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised about $7 million in October, a record for the DCCC in an off-year October.