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 13th congressional district, lobbyist David Jolly (R) and former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) won their respective primaries yesterday, and will face off in a March 11 special election to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R).
* The number of congressional retirements appears to be growing quickly. This morning, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) announced he won’t seek another term, and yesterday, Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) said he’s stepping down, too. Democrats are confident they’ll hold onto Moran’s seat, though Owens’ will be far more competitive.
* In a surprise, Texas Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis (D) outraised her likely Republican opponent, state Attorney General Greg Abbott, in the latter half of 2013. Davis raised $12.2 million over the six-month period, as compared to Abbott’s $11.5 million.
* Speaking of the Lone Star State, the Government Is Not Good political action committee, GING-PAC, has supported Rep. Steve Stockman (R) in the past, but it’s backing Sen. John Cornyn’s (R) re-election in 2014.
* The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity is investing another $1.8 million in anti-healthcare attack ads targeting Democratic Senate candidates in Iowa and Michigan. The new ad campaign will also bolster the Republican Senate candidate in Montana.
* In Nevada, the “none of the above” voting option will remain in place, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case on appeal.
* And in Iowa, Gov. Terry Branstad (R) is prepared to seek an unprecedented sixth term as the state’s chief executive.