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:
* It didn’t take long for Alison Lundergan Grimes’ (D) Senate campaign in Kentucky to turn the Jesse Benton story into a campaign ad against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R). For now, however, the push is a web ad, not a television ad.
* On the other hand, VoteVets Action Fund is also targeting McConnell in Kentucky, and the veterans’ group is airing a hard-hitting television spot featuring Vietnam veteran Charles Erwin. “Senator McConnell … I did my duty. But after 30 years in Washington … you’ve failed to do yours,” Erwin says. “It’s time for you to go.”
* Following up on Rachel’s segment from last night, the big switch in Alaska’s gubernatorial race is complete – Democrat Byron Mallott has ended his campaign, and will instead be the running mate for independent Bill Walker, who’s dropped his Republican affiliation.
* In Georgia’s closely watched statewide races, a new WRBL News 3 poll shows Michelle Nunn (D) with a narrow lead over David Perdue (R) in their U.S. Senate race, 44.74% to 43.09%. In the gubernatorial race, the same poll shows Gov. Nathan Deal (R) leading Jason Carter by about two points.
* In Pennsylvania, the latest Robert Morris University Polling Institute poll shows Gov. Tom Corbett (R) trialing Tom Wolf (D) by a whopping 31 points.
* On a related note, Corbett’s campaign manager dismissed recent independent polling showing the governor losing as “gossip.” (via Jamison Foser).
* Though some recent polling showed Massachusetts gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley (D) slipping, a new UMass Lowell/7News poll shows her with a commanding lead in the Democratic primary with just a week to go.
* And in Arizona, state House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) prevailed in his very competitive U.S. House primary, and his next closely competitor conceded yesterday. Tobin will take on Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) in the fall.