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 Michigan, Public Policy Polling shows a much tighter Republican presidential primary than it did a week ago. The new results have Rick Santorum leading Mitt Romney, but only by four points, 37% to 33%.
* A new Inside Michigan Politics poll also shows a far more competitive contest, with Romney and Santorum tied at 33% each.
* In a bit of a surprise, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee in January, $6.02 million to $4.8 million. The NRCC, however, still has more money in the bank, thanks to larger Democrats debts.
* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee in January, $5 million to $4.2 million.
* In Michigan, Romney is hitting Santorum for, all of things, not hating labor unions enough.
* In Wisconsin, a judge has told Gov. Scott Walker (R) late last week he’ll get no additional time to review and challenge recall petition signatures.
* In Michigan, Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra, on the defensive after running an offensive Super Bowl ad, will try to get back on track with a statewide bus tour featuring Herman Cain.
* And Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia is launching a presidential campaign, seeking the right-wing Constitution Party’s nomination. Goode is perhaps best known for being one of those very rare politicians who’s been a Democrats, a Republican, and an independent, all within a few years of each other.