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:
* The Obama campaign released a new ad over the weekend, and it’s probably the most talked-about spot the Democrats have done so far this year. The ad will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. (With nearly 900,000 YouTube views in 48 hours, it’s the most successful Obama ad of the cycle to date.)
* Ron Paul’s hopes of being officially nominated for the presidency at the Republican National Convention were dashed over the weekend, when his supporters came up far short at the Nebraska GOP convention held on Saturday.
* The latest McClatchy-Marist poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by just two points, 48% to 46%.
* Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) acknowledged in an interview with The Hill that he’s met with Romney campaign officials as part of the vice presidential vetting process.
* In Florida, the latest Mason-Dixon poll shows Obama with the narrowest of leads over Romney, 46% to 45%. (The same poll has Gov. Rick Scott’s favorability rating at just 29%.)
* Speaking of super PACs, four Democratic groups issued a press release late Friday, announcing they raised a combined $25 million in the second quarter. This includes an $11.7 million haul for Priorities USA Action.
* And former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) hasn’t ruled out a return to politics. He still has roughly $4.5 million in campaign funds in the bank, and Weiner is reportedly eyeing a 2013 race in New York City, possibly running for public advocate or mayor.