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 poll from Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by three points in Florida (49% to 46%), six points in Ohio (50% to 44%), but only two points in Wisconsin (49% to 47%),

* A national poll from USC Annenberg/Los Angeles Times puts Obama’s lead at two points, 48% to 46%, among likely voters.

* In Pennsylvania, a Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll, conducted this week, puts Obama ahead by nine points, 49% to 40%.

* The Democratic National Committee unveils a new slogan – the “Romney-Ryan-Akin Platform for Women” – in a video released overnight.

* On the generic congressional ballot, the latest NBC/WSJ poll shows Democrats with a five-point edge, 47% to 42%, which is a modest lead, but it’s also the Dems’ largest margin in months.

* In an apparent bid to drive the Republican establishment batty, Missouri’s Todd Akin (R) was in Tampa last night, meeting with top conservative groups and donors. Tampa, of course, will host the Republican National Convention next week.

* President Obama came up with a new phrase yesterday in response to those who express their frustrations with Congress: “Don’t boo, vote.”

* Karl Rove’s attack operation, Crossroads GPS, is launching another round of attack ads targeting key Senate races in Florida, Ohio, Montana, and New Mexico. This is Crossroads’ first foray into Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D-Fla.) re-election bid.

* Nevada voters can no longer choose “none of these candidates” in elections for statewide and presidential candidates.

* And citing incivility in the presidential race, megachurch Pastor Rick Warren announced yesterday he’s canceling his forum on civility with both of the major parties’ candidates.

Thursday's campaign round-up