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 Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has launched a strange new ad as part of his re-election campaign, including an opening scene in which the governor snorkels in a pool while a sax plays in the background.
* In a bit of a surprise, Sandra Fluke has decided not to run for Congress, and will instead launch a bid for the state Senate in California.
* Sen. Mark Begich (D) is considered a top Republican target in Alaska this year, but a new PPP poll shows him with modest leads over his top GOP challengers.
* Entertainer Clay Aiken officially launched his congressional campaign today in North Carolina, where he hopes to take on incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers (R). Aiken will run as a Democrat.
* Speaking of North Carolina, the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity is launching another round of attack ads, this time targeting Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).
* And speaking of the Kochs, AFP is also launching new attack ads in Arkansas, targeting Sen. Mark Pryor (D).
* In Montana this week, Republican congressional hopeful Ryan Zinke recently referred to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the “anti-Christ.” After having some time to think about it, Zinke now believes that was “perhaps a little harsh.”