Wednesday’s campaign round-up

Mary Landrieu
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., gestures during a news conference on Oct. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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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 Louisiana, a new PPP poll shows incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) ahead of Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), but by the slimmest of margins: 45% to 44%.
 
* In Texas, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis, who rose to national prominence filibustering a Republican bill on reproductive rights, told the Dallas Morning News this week that she could have supported the 20-week abortion ban if the bill gave more “deference” to a “woman and her doctor making this difficult decision.”
 
* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), facing a variety of primary challengers in South Carolina, launched a new advertising campaign today, noting, among other things, that he “led the fight on Benghazi.”
 
* In Kansas, Sen. Pat Roberts’ Republican primary challenger, Milton Wolf, wasted no time in launching a new attack against the incumbent, highlighting the fact that Roberts no longer maintains a home in the state he represents.
 
* The new McClatchy-Marist poll shows Democrats with a narrow advantage on the congressional generic ballot, 46% to 44%. In December, the same poll showed the parties tied.
 
* In Illinois’ Republican gubernatorial primary, the latest Chicago Tribune/WGN poll shows Bruce Rauner as the clear frontrunner, 20 points ahead of his next closest competitor. Rauner has spent heavily on television ads to improve his name recognition statewide.
 
* And in San Diego yesterday, voters elected Kevin Faulconer (R) as the city’s new mayor, replacing Bob Filner (D), who resigned in the wake of multiple sexual-harassment allegations.
 

Wednesday's campaign round-up