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:

* In advance of President Obama’s convention speech tonight, his re-election campaign unveiled a new video this morning called “Promises Kept.” It features promises from his speech four years ago, highlighting Obama’s follow-through.

* Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), Obama’s former chief of staff, is ending his role as honorary chair of the president’s campaign so he can focus on raising money from big-dollar donors.

* It appears that, at least for now, conservative groups working in support of Mitt Romney are ending their investments in Pennsylvania (thanks to reader R.B. for the tip).

* On a related note, it appears that Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation is also giving up on Michigan.

* In New Jersey, a new Quinnipiac poll shows incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez (D) leading his largely-unknown Republican challenger, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, 50% to 40%.

* The same poll, by the way, shows Obama leading Romney in the Garden State by seven, 51% to 44%.

* In a bit of a twist, it looks like “None of the Above” will appear on the Nevada ballot after all. This is not what the Romney campaign was hoping for.

* And in the state of Washington, the Republican Governors Association is concerned enough about Jay Inslee’s (D) gubernatorial campaign that it’s begun airing attack ads. The new spot targets Inslee for supporting the Recovery Act in 2009.

Thursday's campaign round-up