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Midterm Elections Round-Up, 10.12.22

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.


Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* There’s a lot of fresh polling in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, with an Emerson College Polling/The Hill survey showing Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock narrowly ahead of Republican Herschel Walker, 48% to 46%. A new Quinnipiac poll, meanwhile, found Warnock up by 7 points, 52% to 45%, while an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Georgia News Collaborative poll showed the incumbent ahead by 3 points, 46% to 43%.

* As for Georgia’s gubernatorial race, the same data showed incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp leading former Democratic state Sen. Stacey Abrams by 5 points (Emerson), 1 point (Quinnipiac) and 10 points (AJC).

* Speaking of Georgia, Walker appeared at a campaign event yesterday alongside GOP Sens. Rick Scott and Tom Cotton, and the candidate told a weird parable about a bull. No one seems to know what it was supposed to mean.

* Though some recent polling in Nevada has found Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto falling behind, a new USA Today/Suffolk survey found the Democratic incumbent narrowly leading former Republican state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, 46% to 44%.

* The editorial board of The Detroit Free Press this week took the unusual step of urging Michigan voters to put Democrats in charge of the state legislature.

* On a related note, the editorial board of The Detroit News, which doesn’t generally endorse Democratic candidates, today announced its support for Jocelyn Benson, the Democratic incumbent secretary of state.

* The latest Marist poll in Texas found incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott leading former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, 49% to 45%. The margin is a bit closer than some other recent statewide surveys.

* In Pennsylvania’s close U.S. Senate race, the Senate Majority PAC, aligned with Senate Democratic leaders, launched a tough new ad this week on Republican Mehmet Oz’s alleged mistreatment of dogs.

* And in Utah, incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee, apparently a little concerned about his re-election bid, yesterday urged fellow GOP Sen. Mitt Romney to endorse him. Romney has said he intends to remain neutral in the race.