Monday’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:

* Ron Paul supporters have apparently taken over the Minnesota Republican Party, throwing a wrench into the GOP’s plans for the race against Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D).

* In the latest fundraising reports, the Democratic National Committee had a much better April than the Republican National Committee, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee narrowly outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

* On NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) refused to say whether he’s being vetted by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign for a possible spot on the ticket. “Look, I’m not going to get into the internal process of another campaign,” he said.

* On CNN yesterday, Obama adviser David Axelrod said attacks on Romney’s Mormon faith are “not fair game.”

* The Obama campaign is, however, apparently eager to talk about Romney saying, “I stand by what I said, whatever it was.”

* Even at this late date, the Republican field in Florida’s U.S. Senate race is growing, with former Rep. Dave Weldon (R) jumping in on Friday.

* The Republican primary in Texas’ U.S. Senate race is getting increasingly competitive, with the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll showing a close contest pitting Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

* And it seems hard to fathom, but the latest Vanderbilt University poll shows Romney leading Obama by only one point among likely voters in the Volunteer State, 42% to 41%. I wouldn’t take this too seriously – Obama lost Tennessee in 2008 by 15 points.

Monday's campaign round-up