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 Associated Press-GfK poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney at the national level, 50% to 42%. On which candidate voters prefer on the economy, Obama’s lead is only two points.

* In Florida, a new Suffolk University poll shows Obama with a one-point lead over Romney, 46% to 45%.

* In Ohio, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading Romney by just one point, 45% to 44%.

* On a related note, Quinnipiac also found an increasingly-competitive U.S. Senate race in Ohio, with incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) leading state Treasurer Josh Mendel (R) by six, 46% to 40%. Far-right groups have already aired $6.3 million in attack ads targeting Brown. [updated]

* The Obama campaign’s fundraiser with actor George Clooney apparently raked in about $15 million, which is rather extraordinary for one fundraiser.

* In Massachusetts’ closely-watched U.S. Senate race, a new poll shows Elizabeth Warren (D) with a narrow lead over incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R), 43% to 41%. The poll was conducted by the nonpartisan MassINC Polling Group, which conducts quarterly polls in the Bay State.

* In New Jersey, a new Fairleigh Dickenson/PublicMind poll shows incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez (D leading challenger Joe Kyrillos (R), 42% to 33%.

* And the Obama campaign unveiled a new ad on job creation this morning, using a chart that looks rather familiar. The spot is set to air in Florida.

Thursday's campaign round-up