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 Wisconsin, a Marquette Law School poll released yesterday found Gov. Scott Walker (R) leading Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) by 7 points, 52% to 45%. Democrats are disputing the poll’s methodology.

* The same poll, by the way, shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 12 points in Wisconsin, 52% to 40%.

* A new set of NBC/Marist polls shows Obama leading Romney in Colorado by one point (46% to 45%), in Nevada by two points (48% to 46%), and tied in Iowa (44% each).

* Reinforcing just how important Latino voters are likely to be in November, the Obama campaign released its third Spanish-language television ad yesterday, which will air in Nevada, Colorado, and Florida.

* In Missouri, the presidential race is surprisingly competitive, with a new Public Policy Polling survey showing Obama with a narrow lead over Romney, 45% to 44%.

* Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is so eager to be Romney’s running mate, he’s willing to acknowledge his interest on the record.

* In Michigan, PPP found incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) leading controversy-plagued former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R), 53% to 37%.

* Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer (R) officially ended his presidential bid overnight.

* And in Illinois’ 12th congressional district, Democratic nominee Brad Harriman has been forced to withdraw due to health reasons. County Democratic chairs will be responsible for choosing the new nominee.

Thursday's campaign round-up