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:
* Based on the latest data, Nate Silver’s forecast model now shows Mitt Romney edging ahead of Rick Santorum in Michigan. The primary is four days away.
* The main Romney super PAC has recycled a 2007 Romney campaign ad, which wouldn’t be especially interesting were it not for allegations that this violates campaign-finance law.
* In advance of Ohio’s Super Tuesday presidential primary, the Romney campaign has reserved another $150,000 in ad time, on top of the $1.3 million Romney’s super PAC has already invested in the Buckeye state.
* As Republican policymakers in Virginia continue to pursue an aggressive culture-war agenda, Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) is going after George Allen (R) for being too far to the right on social issues. It’s an unusual change of pace – a Democrat in a Southern state going on the offensive on the GOP’s culture-war overreach.
* Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky said yesterday it would be “an honor to be considered” as the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee.
* Craig James, a former ESPN analyst running for the U.S. Senate in Texas, argued this week that sexual orientation is a choice and gay people are “going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions.”
* In Wisconsin, a Marquette Law School poll shows Santorum with a big lead in the Republican presidential race, but the state’s primary isn’t until April 3.
* Also, the latest Tulsa World poll also shows Santorum cruising past his GOP rivals in Oklahoma, and its primary is a week from Tuesday.