Thursday’s campaign round-up

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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 Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney nationally by four points, 46% to 42%.

* Obama told voters in Ohio yesterday, “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.” Though the president has been using this line since 2009, Romney took offense, and told Fox News this morning that the president “likes to attack fellow Americans.”

* New Hampshire, home to one of Romney’s houses, appears likely to be a battleground state this year, with a new poll from the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth showing Romney with a 1.5% lead over the president.

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $7.4 million, quite a bit more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s $5.7 million haul. The DSCC also leads in cash on hand.

* Three months after quitting the presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) acknowledged yesterday he’s already thinking about trying again in 2016. The governor appears to be working under the assumption that Mitt Romney is going to lose.

* With the Utah GOP convention just a few days away, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) appears likely to win his party’s nomination, avoiding his former colleague Sen. Bob Bennett’s fate.

* Democratic officials at the national level are intervening to resolve a scandal involving the chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

* And in West Virginia, right-wing Republican John Raese is running for the Senate for the fourth time this year – he’s lost his three previous efforts – and yesterday compared cigarette warning labels to Nazis putting the Star of David on Jews’ lapels under Hitler. Raese said the two are the “same thing.”

Thursday's campaign round-up

Updated