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:

* If the latest polls out of Florida are correct, the question isn’t whether Mitt Romney will win tomorrow’s primary, but whether the margin of victory will reach double digits.

* On a related note, the latest NBC News/Marist poll in Florida shows President Obama leading each of the Republican candidates in hypothetical matchups. Romney comes closest, but he trails by eight points.

* A newly released poll of swing-state voters from USA Today/Gallup shows Romney leading Obama by one point, 48% to 47%.

* NBC News wants the campaign to pull a new ad featuring footage of Tom Brokaw reporting on Newt Gingrich’s legal problems in 1997. The Romney campaign, at least so far, is keeping the spot on the air.

* Rick Santorum left the campaign trail over the weekend to tend to his ailing daughter, but with her condition improving, the struggling Republican presidential candidate is renewing his efforts.

* It seems hard to believe, since Democrats lost their House majority in the 2010 midterms, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart in 2011.

* We received a pretty big hint about Bob Kerrey’s intentions in Nebraska when the former Democratic senator moved towards buying property in his former home state.

* One of the more important developments in recent weeks: the more self-identified independent voters see of Romney, the less they like him.

* With North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) stepping down after one term, there are quite a few Dems hoping to replace her.

* And in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has set the dates for the special election to fill Gabrielle Giffords’ vacancy. The primaries will be held on April 17, with the election set for June 12.

Monday's campaign round-up