WEDNESDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP…. Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.
* Rasmussen polled the Connecticut Senate race yesterday, following a report on state AG Richard Blumenthal (D) using misleading rhetoric about his military service. The poll shows Blumenthal still leading his GOP challengers, but by narrow margins.
* Kentucky Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo (D) conceded last night after losing a narrow Senate primary fight against state AG Jack Conway (D), but Mongiardo is nevertheless calling for a re-canvassing of the votes. Officials do not expect this to alter the outcome.
* There’s ample evidence that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is concerned about his prospects in the GOP primary this year, but a new Rasmussen poll shows him leading former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) by 12, 52% to 40%.
* In North Carolina’s Senate Democratic primary, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will face former state Sen. Cal Cunningham in a June 22 runoff, and she’ll now enjoy the support of attorney Ken Lewis, who finished third in the initial primary.
* Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) won a gubernatorial primary last night in the hopes of getting his old job back. He’ll face retired basketball player Chris Dudley, who won his Republican primary.
* State Rep. Jeffrey Perry (R), hoping to replace retiring Rep. Bill Delahunt (D), is now at the center of a disturbing controversy over “two illegal strip searches of teenage girls conducted by an officer under Perry’s command.”