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:
* Rep. John Tierney lost his Democratic primary in Massachusetts yesterday, coming up short against Harvard Business School graduate and Marine veteran Seth Moulton. Tierney is only the fourth congressional incumbent to lose in a 2014 primary, and the only Democrat.
* In Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, a new poll from the NBC affiliate in Atlanta shows David Perdue’s (R) advantage over Michelle Nunn (D) slipping from nine points to three, 47% to 44%. The same poll also showed a very close gubernatorial race, with Gov. Nathan Deal (R) leading Jason Carter (D) by one, 45% to 44%.
* Speaking of Georgia, during the Senate GOP primary, Perdue said he’s prepared to oppose Mitch McConnell as the Senate Republican leader. Yesterday, McConnell nevertheless hosted a fundraiser for Perdue. Asked about the apparent contradiction, a Perdue spokesperson said the Republican candidate is “focused on winning.”
* In Nebraska, Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann (R) announced his resignation yesterday following a violent family dispute. Heidemann has been Republican gubernatorial hopeful Pete Ricketts’ running mate, forcing a major shakeup just eight weeks before Election Day.
* In Florida’s gubernatorial race, PPP now shows former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) with a narrow lead over incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R), 42% to 39%. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie is third with 8% support.
* In Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, a new Detroit News poll shows Gary Peters’ (D) lead over Terri Lynn Land (R) growing to 10 points. The same poll has Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) lead over Mark Schauer (D) down to just two points, 44% to 42%.
* In Kansas’ bizarre U.S. Senate race, Democrat Chad Taylor, who tried to end his campaign last week, has taken his case to the Kansas Supreme Court in the hopes of having his name removed from the ballot.
* And in Oregon, Republican Senate hopeful Monica Wehby is airing a new ad intended to make her appear more mainstream: the commercial touts her support for marriage equality.