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:

* This week, the combined forces behind Mitt Romney are outspending the combined forces supporting President Obama by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, $25 million to $14 million.

* Prorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super PAC, hopes to narrow the gap in the fall, has reserved $30 million in airtime in six key swing states in Iowa, Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

* In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren’s newest ad stresses the under-appreciated importance of infrastructure investments.

* The U.S. Senate race in Arizona may prove to be one of the more interesting contests of 2012, and PPP now shows Richard Carmona (D) and Rep. Jeff Flake (R) all tied up.

* In an interesting twist in Florida politics, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist hasn’t just endorsed Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D-Fla.) re-election, he’s also helping the Democrat raise money.

* On a related note, while some polling shows Nelson with a comfortable lead, the latest PPP survey shows the incumbent’s margin over Rep. Connie Mack IV (R) at just two points.

* Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is getting increasingly involved in the U.S. Senate Republican primary in Missouri, appearing in ads and robocalls in support of Sarah Steelman.

* With time running out in Michigan, the latest EPIC-MRA poll shows former Rep. Pete Hoekstra well positioned to win the Republican nod in the U.S. Senate primary.

* Tip for campaign trackers everywhere: if you’re paid to follow a candidate, make sure it’s the right candidate, and not someone who kinda looks like your target.

Thursday's campaign round-up