This week had a few interesting tidbits on the upcoming 2012 campaigns.
Mike Pence released what his team is calling his first campaign video. We’d say it is the second video since he announced with a video but we digress. The video is a pretty typical bio spot and appears to have been shot during his Columbus campaign kick-off. Also, it has been reported that Pence has raised $300,000 from major donors alone since making his campaign official. The Gregg campaign said they are actively fundraising but didn’t report a number for comparison. This is a big boost for Team Pence and should start the freight train rolling. Pence isn’t unbeatable yet–but he is putting himself in strong position to make himself unbeatable.
The Indiana Senate race appears to be much of the same with a few blips about poor staff decisions on the Mourdock campaign. It seems they need some classes on how not to deal with people harassing your candidate. Rule #1: Don’t touch anyone or their camera. That said, to say that the blogger was assaulted is a stretch and this is really a non-story in the grand scheme of things.
We are far more interested in the campaign finance reports that will come out in a month. We’ll be watching to see if Mourdock has brought in the national donor groups and boosted his fundraising. If he hasn’t, it is bad news for the Mourdock crew.
In a somewhat related note, there was a poll going around northeast Indiana with a ballot match-up between Lugar, McIntosh and Mourdock. McIntosh has been rumored to be considering the 5th and 6th Congressional Districts and the poll led many to believe he was also considering the U.S. Senate Primary. McIntosh cleared it up yesterday with a phone call to Jim Shella saying he is only considering the 5th Congressional District. Looks like Congressman Burton continues to have a target on his back.
Finally, the 6th Congressional District is starting to become a little clearer. McIntosh indicated he is no longer looking at the district. Matt Strittmatter, former Wayne County Sheriff, got out of the race and has backed Luke Messer. That leaves the 6th with Messer, Don Bates and Travis Hankins. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one for more developments.