Thursday’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:

* A new national Fox News poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by five, 48% to 43%, among likely voters. In a strange twist, Obama’s lead is only four points among registered voters (usually, the president’s advantage is smaller among likely voters).

* The Obama campaign is poised to make a “huge” ad buy in Florida, as former President Bill Clinton stumps for Obama in the Sunshine State.

* Facing criticisms from Democrats about her message, Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign in Massachusetts unveiled a new ad this morning.

* In Michigan, a new EPIC-MRA poll shows Obama’s lead over Romney growing to 10 points, as Republicans and their allies quietly give up on the state.

* The same poll shows incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) leading former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R) by 11 in this year’s Senate race, 49% to 38%.

* Though Republicans earlier in the year hoped New Mexico would be competitive, a new PPP poll shows Obama leading Romney in the state by double digits, 53% to 42%.

* The same poll shows Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) leading former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 50% to 41%.

* In the state of Washington, former Rep. Jay Inslee (D) continues to lead state Attorney General Rob McKenna in this year’s gubernatorial race, but only by five points, 49% to 44% (thanks to reader T.K. for the tip).

* The same poll shows Obama leading Romney in Washington by 16 points, 54% to 38%.

* And in Montana, PPP shows Sen. Jon Tester (D) with a narrow lead over Rep. Denny Rehberg (R), 45% to 43%. Also of interest: Romney only leads Obama in Montana by five. (Trivia tidbit: Clinton narrowly won Montana in 1992.)

Thursday's campaign round-up