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:
* Mitt Romney appears to have narrowly won the Maine caucuses, edging past Ron Paul by three percentage points, but some county caucuses were postponed due to a snow storm. One of those counties, in particular, is considered a Paul stronghold, but the state Republican Party has said their votes probably won’t count.
* On a related note, Ron Paul finished fourth in this year’s CPAC straw poll, after winning it in 2010 and 2011. What changed? This year, he and his supporters decided not to try.
* In case you missed it on Friday, Romney told CPAC attendees he was “a severely conservative Republican governor.” No one’s sure what that means, and the line was not part of the prepared text.
* Barack Obama did pretty well in 2008, but his campaign still believes there are some “red” states that can be flipped this November. At the top of the list: Arizona.
* Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) announced late last week that he will not run for governor this year, despite overtures from party leaders.
* Similarly, in Nebraska, state Sen. Steve Lathrop (D) has turned down the requests of party leaders and will skip this year’s U.S. Senate race. With Sen. Ben Nelson (D) retiring, and Bob Kerrey also bowing out, Democrats have no top-tier candidate for the race.
* And in New Mexico, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez has ended his Republican Senate campaign, clearing the way for former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) to get the party’s nomination.