Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 8.13.14

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:
 
* Montana Democrats need to choose a U.S. Senate candidate quickly, but actor Jeff Bridges probably won’t seek the nomination. “Don’t even think about it,” Bridges said his wife told him.
 
* Chris McDaniel, who lost in a Republican Senate runoff primary, still hasn’t given up in Mississippi, though this won’t bolster his case: “As Chris McDaniel’s team continues to scour voting records to add to an expected legal challenge of his loss to Thad Cochran, it has listed McDaniel’s lead lawyer in the challenge, and his wife, as irregular votes that should be tossed out.”
 
* In Ohio, a Public Policy Polling survey released yesterday shows Gov. John Kasich (R) with a six-point lead over challenger Ed FitzGerald (D), 50% to 44%. A month ago, the same poll showed Kasich ahead by just one point.
 
* In Florida’s gubernatorial race, Charlie Crist’s (D) critics have launched robocalls featuring comments Crist made eight years ago when he was a Republican candidate for governor.
 
* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee still believes in Sen. Kay Hagan’s (D) chances, and has announced a whopping $9.1 million ad buy in support of a tough new spot slamming Thad Tillis’ (R) deep education cuts.
 
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was back in Maine this week, campaigning alongside Gov. Paul LePage (R). The appearance coincided with the Republican Governors Association, which Christie chairs, launching a new ad applauding LePage as “blunt” and “one of a kind.”
 
* And Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a likely Christie rival in 2016, was asked over the weekend what word comes to mind when he thinks of the New Jersey governor. Paul replied, “Bridges?
 

Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 8.13.14