Thursday’s campaign round-up

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Thursday's campaign round-up
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:

* Time reports that Ron Paul has a four-pronged “wish list” he’d like Mitt Romney to consider in exchange for support in the Republican presidential race. The Texas congressman is also hoping his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would be considered for the GOP ticket.

* On a related note, the Paul campaign had one embedded reporter covering its efforts, NBC News’ Anthony Terrell, and now he’s moved on to other assignments.

* A new Fox News poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in hypothetical match-ups, by 4 and 12 points, respectively.

* Newt Gingrich claimed this morning that his policy vision is so extraordinary, his Republican rivals “can’t comprehend it.”

* Romney’s super PAC has invested $460,000 to air ads in Wisconsin, in advance of the state’s April 3 primary.

* In North Carolina, likely to be a key 2012 battleground state, Public Policy Polling shows Obama with modest leads over Romney and Santorum.

* In Ohio, Republican Senate hopeful Josh Mandel is taking heat for heading to the Bahamas for a fundraiser, picking up checks from the payday-lending industry.

* In Maine, former Gov. John Baldacci (D) has announced he’s not running for the Senate, either, leaving Democrats without a high-profile candidate. Former Gov. Angus King (I) appears to be the frontrunner.

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee invested quite a bit in Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D) re-election efforts in Nebraska, before the senator announced his retirement. Nelson is now starting to pay the DSCC back.

Thursday's campaign round-up

Updated