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:
* The Obama campaign released its closing negative ad over the weekend, hitting Mitt Romney on taxes, Medicare, and Wall Street. It will air in swing states.
* With President Obama leaving the trail temporarily due to Hurricane Sandy, former President Bill Clinton is expanding his travel schedule, campaigning this week in Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.
* In Ohio, the latest CNN poll shows Obama leading Romney by four (50% to 46%); Public Policy Polling also shows Obama ahead by four (51% to 47%); while the Ohio News Organization shows the candidates tied at 49% each.
* In Florida, PPP shows Obama leading Romney by one point, 49% to 48%.
* In New Hampshire, PPP found Obama leading Romney by only two, 49% to 47%.
* In Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia Inquirer poll put the president’s lead at six points, 49% to 43%. Note, however, that Romney’s super PAC just invested $2 million in anti-Obama attack ads that will run this week in Pennsylvania.
* In North Carolina, a new Elon University poll shows Obama and Romney tied at 45% each.
* In Minnesota, a Minneapolis Star Tribune poll raised a lot of eyebrows over the weekend, showing Obama’s lead at just three points, 47% to 44%. The same day, however, a St. Cloud Times poll put Obama ahead by eight, 53% to 45%.