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 Arkansas’ closely watched U.S. Senate race, PPP now shows Rep. Tom Cotton (R) leading Sen. Mark Pryor (D) by five, 43% to 38%. One of the biggest problems for the incumbent in this poll is the right-wing congressman’s 33-point advantage among Arkansas independents.
* On a related note, the same poll shows Republicans also likely to flip Arkansas’ governor’s office, with former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) leading former Rep. Mike Ross (D), 44% to 38%,
* A group of former Republican state lawmakers in Kansas endorsed Jean Schodorf (D) yesterday in her race against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R). Recent polls suggest many Kansans are tired of Kobach’s ridiculous antics (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the heads-up).
* Florida’s gubernatorial race continues to look very close, with a new Quinnipiac poll showing incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R) with a two-point lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist (D), 44% to 42%.
* The statewide races in Georgia continue to look extremely competitive in a new Survey USA poll. In the U.S. Senate race, David Perdue (R) has a one-point advantage over Michelle Nunn (D), 46% to 45%, while in the gubernatorial race, state Sen. Jason Carter (D) has a one-point lead over incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal (R), 45% to 44%.
* For the second time this month, the NRA has thrown its support to a conservative, red-state Democrat: the group said yesterday that it’s backing Rep. John Barrow’s (D) re-election in Georgia.
* On a related note, a gun-safety group backed by Michael Bloomberg is poised to spend $50 million before the elections, including investments in 61 U.S. House races and 17 U.S. Senate races. (I haven’t seen the full list, but these numbers appear odd – there aren’t 61 competitive House seats and there certainly aren’t 17 competitive Senate races.)
* And in Nebraska, the National Republican Congressional Committee has made another investment in support of Rep. Lee Terry (R), who represents the competitive 2nd district. The DCCC is targeting Terry, and the race is apparently close enough to make Republicans nervous.
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