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:

* President Obama’s re-election campaign unveiled a new minute-long television ad this morning, called “Go,” which will air in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, Iowa, North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado. The ad buy is a whopping $25 million.

* A new USA Today/Gallup Swing States Poll shows Obama with a narrow, two-point lead over Mitt Romney in 12 battleground states, 47% to 45%. An interesting side note: the poll shows Democrats with an enthusiasm edge over Republicans, reversing the GOP’s recent advantage.

* In far more discouraging news for Democrats, the number of black and Hispanic registered voters has fallen sharply since 2008.

* North Carolina’s anti-gay Amendment One appears likely to pass tomorrow, but former President Clinton is hoping to make an 11th-hour difference, recording robocalls in opposition to the ballot measure.

* Montana will hold one of the nations’ more closely-watched Senate races this year, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has already bought nearly $3 million in broadcast time in support of incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D).

* The Libertarian Party nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as its presidential nominee over the weekend. Johnson also sought the Republican nomination.

* Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger believes his party has grown too ideologically rigid, and “aren’t even willing to have conversations about protecting the environment, investing in the infrastructure America needs or improving healthcare.”

Monday's campaign round-up