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Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.17.14

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
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 Mississippi, as we talked about on the show last night, attorneys for state Sen. Chris McDaniel have told reporters "they expect to file a challenge of McDaniel's June 24 GOP runoff loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran within the next 10 days."
* In New Hampshire, former Sen. Scott Brown (R) seemed to forget again what state he's running in, referring to himself yesterday as a member of Massachusetts' congressional delegation.
* In Colorado, nearly all recent polling from independent outlets show Sen. Mark Udall (D) with modest leads over Rep. Cory Gardner (R), but Quinnipiac's new poll shows the conservative congressman up by two, 44% to 42%.
* George Cicotte, a Republican congressional candidate in the state of Washington, argued over the weekend that environmentalists are responsible for "energy problems," adding that according to the Bible, the environment is "here for our use."
* SEIU, one of the nation's top labor unions, is launching a Spanish-language ad campaign against four House Republicans this week, focusing on their opposition to immigration reform: Reps. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), David Valadao (R-Calif.), and Joe Heck (R-Nev.).
* In Ohio, where polls show a competitive gubernatorial campaign, Democrat Ed FitzGerald launched his first TV ad campaign this week. It's a positive spot that does not mention incumbent Gov. John Kasich (R).
* And in fundraising news, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee "topped its Republican counterpart by $1.3 million in June fundraising and $5.6 million in the second quarter overall, according to figures released Tuesday."