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:

* New polls from Quinnipiac show President Obama leading Mitt Romney in Ohio (44% to 42%) and Pennsylvania (47% to 39%), but trailing Romney in Florida (44% to 43%).

* The president is having an easier time in Wisconsin, where a Marquette University poll shows him leading his Republican challenger by nine, 51% to 42%.

* Speaking of Wisconsin, that same Marquette poll found Gov. Scott Walker (R) narrowly leading Tom Barrett (D) in the recall race among likely voters, 48% to 47%. Barrett, if he wins next week’s Democratic primary, would face the governor on June 5.

* Despite the size and importance of Latino voters in 2012, Romney and his team have invested literally nothing in Hispanic media so far this year.

* In Virginia’s closely-watched U.S. Senate race, Public Policy Polling shows Tim Kaine (D) leading George Allen (R) by the slimmest of margins, 46% to 45%.

* In Montana’s closely-watched U.S. Senate race, Public Policy Polling found incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D) leading Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) by five, 48% to 43%.

* Americans Elect has scrapped the online caucus it had scheduled for next week. The well-financed operation still doesn’t have a candidate or a platform.

* And Romney’s super PAC’s initial ad buy will be in support of this spot, telling the story of Romney helping a colleague find his missing daughter. It seems obvious the ad is intended to improve the former governor’s low favorability ratings.

Thursday's campaign round-up