Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 8.1.18

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* An important court ruling last night: “A proposal to create a bipartisan commission to draw Michigan’s political lines – intended to stop political gerrymandering – will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday.”

* In Nevada, the latest Suffolk University/Reno Gazette Journal poll found incumbent Sen. Dean Heller (R) with a narrow lead over Rep. Jacky Rosen (D), 41% to 40%.

* In Nevada’s gubernatorial race, the same poll found Adam Laxalt (R) practically tied with Steve Sisolak (D), with the GOP candidate ahead 41.6% to 41%.

* Tomorrow is Primary Day in Tennessee and though Vice President Mike Pence has thrown his support behind Rep. Diane Black’s (R) gubernatorial campaign, Donald Trump’s official neutrality has become an issue in the race.

* There’s a congressional special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district next week, and Trump will travel to the Columbus-area district in the hopes of pushing Troy Balderson (R) over the finish line.

* Former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), in some of his first public comments since his resignation, told a group of local voters yesterday that he hasn’t ruled out a possible bid for elected office at some point in the future.

* And former White House strategist Steve Bannon told Vanity Fair that college-educated women just aren’t going to vote Republican anytime soon. “They’re gone,” he said. “They were going anyway at some point in time. Trump triggers them.” In case this isn’t obvious, it’s going to be tough for GOP candidates to win in suburban districts without votes from college-educated women.