Monday’s campaign round-up

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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:

* With about six months remaining before Virginia’s gubernatorial election, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is launching his first paid television advertisement today. Despite his right-wing agenda, Cuccinelli’s ad is a soft pitch featuring his wife, Teiro Cuccinelli.

* Massachusetts will hold its Senate special election primaries tomorrow, and on the Democratic side, most polling shows Rep. Ed Markey as the clear favorite over Rep. Stephen Lynch.

* In Pennsylvania, a new Quinnipiac poll offers more bad news for Gov. Tom Corbett (R): 50% of voters believe he does not deserve a second term, and in hypothetical match-ups, the governor trails several leading Democrats by margins ranging from 9 to 14 points.

* To the delight of Michigan Democrats and the DSCC, Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will reportedly launch his U.S. Senate campaign this week.

* To the disappointment of Maine Democrats, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has decided not to run against Republican Gov. Paul LePage in 2014. Democratic attention will now turn to Rep. Mike Michaud or former Gov. John Baldacci.

* Fresh off his failed Senate campaign in 2012, former Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) is considering another Senate campaign in Montana next year, following Sen. Max Baucus’ (D) retirement announcement.

* In Illinois, Rep. Aaron Schock (R) announced over the weekend that he will run for re-election, and not run for governor, despite recent rumors to the contrary.

* And in Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson (D) was reportedly considering next year’s gubernatorial race, but told msnbc on Friday, “No, ma’am. I have no intention. I’ve got my hands full as senator. Asked, however, whether he’s ruled out a race for governor, Nelson added, “I said what I said.”

Monday's campaign round-up

Updated