Friday’s campaign round-up

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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:

* An Indiana election board voted yesterday that Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is ineligible to vote, at least for now, in the district where he claims residency.

* As Rachel noted last night, dates for Wisconsin’s runoff elections have been set. Primaries will be held on May 8, with the general election on June 5.

* Mitt Romney denies being part of any private talks with Ron Paul’s campaign about striking a deal to secure his delegates.

* Rep. Gary Ackerman (D), a longtime New York congressman, announced yesterday he’s retiring at the end of the year.

* In Puerto Rico, which will hold its Republican presidential primary on Sunday, Rick Santorum is in damage-control mode. So far, it’s not going well.

* The next debate for the Republican presidential candidates was supposed to be Monday night in Oregon, but after Mitt Romney refused to participate, the event was canceled.

* In Utah, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R) re-election prospects are looking up.

* Newt Gingrich wants voters to believe he’s not dependent on Sheldon Adelson’s generosity. No one believes him.

* And with Illinois becoming a more important contest in the Republican presidential race, Santorum’s super PAC is going on the air in the state with this tough anti-Romney spot.

Friday's campaign round-up

Updated