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:

* In Florida, a Mason-Dixon poll in Florida found Mitt Romney taking a big lead over President Obama, 51% to 44%. Oddly, the same poll showed Romney leading Obama among Latino voters, who tend to strongly prefer the president.

* Arizona’s U.S. Senate race is clearly becoming more competitive, as evidenced by a very aggressive NRSC ad launched Wednesday, featuring a former Bush administration official accusing former Attorney General Richard Carmona (D) of having “issues with anger, with ethics, and with women.” Carmona’s response ad was launched today.

* In Michigan, a Detroit News poll shows Obama leading Romney by seven, 49% to 42%.

* In Massachusetts, Public Policy Polling shows Elizabeth Warren with a six-point lead over Sen. Scott Brown (R), 51% to 45%. It’s Warren’s biggest advantage to date.

* In Montana’s closely-watched Senate race, a Montana State University poll shows Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) up by three over Sen. Jon Tester (D), 43% to 40%, with Libertarian Dan Cox at 6%.

* In Indiana, Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock’s (R) campaign has been using Twitter to go after his Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly. The problem? Mourdock has targeted the wrong Joe Donnelly.

* How ugly is the primary fight between California Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman? The two very nearly came to blows at a debate last night, forcing a police officer to intervene on stage.

* And though there’s been some chatter about Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race becoming more competitive, new polls this week show Sen. Bob Casey (D) with leads around 10 points.

Friday's campaign round-up