Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 8.20.14

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:
 
* To the delight of the Republican establishment, Dan Sullivan, Alaska’s former attorney general and national resources commissioner, won his U.S. Senate primary yesterday. The GOP official will take on incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D) in the fall.
 
* In Kansas, Sen. Pat Roberts (R) has been considered one of the safe 2014 incumbents, but the latest PPP survey shows the longtime incumbent leading Democratic challenger Chad Taylor by just seven points, 32% to 25%. Independent Greg Orman is a competitive third with 23%.
 
* Speaking of Kansas, the same PPP survey found Gov. Sam Brownback (R) trailing Paul Davis (D) by two points, 39% to 37%. Libertarian Keen Umbehr had 9% support in the poll.
 
* In North Carolina, PPP also found Sen. Kay Hagan (D) hanging on against Thom Tillis (R), 42% to 38%, with Libertarian Sean Haugh in the race. In a head-to-head match-up, Hagan still leads Tillis, but her margin is just one point.
 
* Speaking of North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, the National Republican Senatorial Committee yesterday invested another $1.4 million in support of Tillis’ campaign.
 
* Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) came up just short against Sen. Brian Schatz (D) in their Hawaii primary, but she’s decided not to contest the results.
 
* The conventional wisdom is that Democrats in tight races won’t want to campaign with President Obama, but former Gov. Charlie Crist (D), running for his old job, said he hopes to campaign with the president this year.
 
* And in Illinois’ gubernatorial race, Republican Bruce Rauner is facing more questions about his finances in light of a report that he “not only has personal investments in the Cayman Islands, but he presided over his former private equity firm as it set up other investment vehicles in the Caribbean tax haven known for its secrecy.”
 

Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 8.20.14