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:

* There have been quite a few polls out of Ohio released over the last few days, but the most recent I’ve seen comes from Quinnipiac, which shows Mitt Romney up by three over Rick Santorum, 34% to 31%.

* With several new endorsements from high-profile GOP figures, it appears that the Republican Party establishment has finally resigned itself to a Romney nomination.

* Newt Gingrich isn’t likely to have a very good day tomorrow, but he’s almost certain to win his former home state of Georgia.

* After having called President Obama a “snob” for having supported helping young people go to college, Santorum conceded on Friday his remarks were “probably not the smartest thing.”

* A NBC News/Marist poll released over the weekend found Tim Kaine (D) with a surprisingly large lead over George Allen (R) in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, 48% to 39%.

* The same poll, by the way, shows President Obama looking strong in Virginia, even if Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is added to the GOP ticket.

* Speaking of closely-watched U.S. Senate races, NBC News/Marist also found Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) leading state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) by 10 points, 47% to 37%.

* In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) recall election will likely be held in early June of this year, which means the Democratic primary is just two months away.

* And on a related note, Walker has already raised quite a bit of money from outside Wisconsin to help keep his job, and is putting that money to good use, launching this minute-long ad in the state this week.

Monday's campaign round-up