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 Ohio’s Republican presidential primary, Rick Santorum appears to have the early edge in the polls, but Mitt Romney is currently outspending the former senator by a nearly seven-to-one margin.

* Tricia noted earlier that Santorum is starting to raise some decent amounts of money, and this statistic was especially startling: his $9 million haul in February is more than quadruple all of the money his campaign raised in 2011.

* Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) made it official yesterday, announcing he will run for his old seat in Nebraska this year. Just a month ago, Kerrey said he would pass on the race.

* The Democratic primary in Maine’s U.S. Senate race may get a little crowded. Rep. Chellie Pingree is clearly interested, as are former Gov. John Baldacci and rep. Mike Michaud.

* Pushing back against far-right efforts, the DNC has a new video targeting Jewish and pro-Israel voters, making a positive case for President Obama.

* In Tennessee, a Super Tuesday state, two new polls show Santorum with double-digit leads over Romney.

* In Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate race, PPP shows Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) with a narrow lead over former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R), 46% to 45%.

* In North Carolina, former state Treasurer Richard Moore, who sought the Democratic gubernatorial nomination four years ago, will not in this year’s wide-open contest.

* And in Illinois, a Holocaust denier who organizes neo-Nazi events around Adolph Hitler’s birthday, is running for Congress as a Republican. He will not enjoy support from party officials in the suburban Chicago district.

Thursday's campaign round-up