Friday’s campaign round-up


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:

* After an Obama campaign offensive on Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts record, the Republican campaign has a new ad claiming Romney had “the best jobs record in a decade” as governor.

* President Obama’s re-election team, which raised less money in May than Romney and the RNC, has begun using this donation deficit as a new fundraising pitch.

* In his first 2012 forecast, Nate Silver says Obama’s odds of victory in November are “just over 60%” at this point in the race.

* The U.S. Senate race in North Dakota is becoming increasingly interesting, with a new Mason-Dixon poll showing Heidi Heitkamp (D) narrowly leading Rick Berg (R), 47% to 46%. Heitkamp also released one of the more chilling television ads of the year this week.

* It seems hard to believe given the auto-industry rescue and other recent polling, but the latest EPIC-MRA shows Romney leading Obama in Michigan, 46% to 45%.

* A new Latino Decisions poll shows Obama leading Romney nationwide among Latinos by a whopping 43 points, 66% to 23%.

* Karl Rove’s attack operations, Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, are launching TV ads in three key U.S. Senate races: Indiana, Montana, and New Mexico.

* And former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has a new political organization, called Patriot Voices. He’s also taken over the super PAC, the Red White and Blue Fund, which supported him during the 2012 primaries.

Friday's campaign round-up