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:
 
* Newly appointed Sen. John Walsh (D) of Montana was greeted with an attack from Karl Rove’s group the day before he sworn into office. He responds today with a new spot in which he tells voters, “[I]t’s going to take a lot more than smear ads to deter me from taking on Washington and doing right by Montana.”
 
* The Senate Conservatives Fund released an new online ad yesterday, slamming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as someone who “bullies” conservative policymakers.
 
* In Florida’s closely watched congressional special election, a new Tampa Bay Times poll shows former state CFO Alex Sink (D) with a modest advantage over David Jolly (R), 42% to 35%.
 
* Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) scandals apparently haven’t had too much of an effect on Republican Governors Association fundraising – the RGA said yesterday its January totals were the best ever for the group.
 
* Nebraska’s Republican gubernatorial primary got a little more crowded yesterday, with state auditor Mike Foley throwing his hat into the ring. The primary is scheduled for May 13.
 
* And in Rhode Island, the latest WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll shows Angel Taveras with a slight edge in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, but one in four voters has not yet chosen which candidate to support.
 

Thursday's campaign round-up