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:

* The Democratic National Committee slammed Republicans this week for the failure of the RNC’s “rebranding” initiative. This video was released to coincide with the 100-day mark since Reince Priebus’ “autopsy” report was released.

* On msnbc’s “All In with Chris Hayes” last night, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) acknowledged that she’s interested in running for governor in 2014.

* Speaking of the Lone Star State, Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed Texas’ new congressional map into law yesterday, a move that was made possible by the U.S. Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act.

* In New Jersey, Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D), currently the front runner in his state’s U.S. Senate special election, released his first television ad of the race this week.

* In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich’s (R) public standing continues to steadily improve. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows his approval rating up to 55%, and the governor holds comfortable leads over his likely Democratic challengers in hypothetical match-ups.

* In Montana, Public Policy Polling shows a very competitive Senate race in 2014. In hypothetical match-ups, former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) leads Steve Daines by three points, 48% to 45%, but narrowly trails Marc Racicot by one, 47% to 46%.

* In Iowa, Republican Mark Jacobs, best known as the former CEO of Houston-based Reliant Energy, kicked off a U.S. Senate campaign yesterday. Jacobs, an Iowa native, returned to the state from Texas last year.

* There were some rumors in Louisiana this week that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) might take on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) next year, but an advisor to the governor quickly knocked down the rumor. “No interest,” Jindal’s advisor said. “At all.”

* And for some reason, John Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and an outspoken neocon, has decided to launch a “tour of early primary states.” National Review added, “Sources say Bolton is also planning to launch a few related groups that will help elevate his argument and his national profile.”

Thursday's campaign round-up

Updated