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:
* Ohio’s gubernatorial race began in earnest yesterday when Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, widely seen as the Democratic frontrunner, launched his exploratory committee.
* In Michigan’s suddenly-wide-open U.S. Senate race, Rep. Gary Peters (D) acknowledged that he’s “very interested” in running. On the Republican side, Rep. Candice Miller is passing on the race, but corporate attorney Scott Romney, Mitt Romney’s brother, is reportedly weighing a bid.
* In Kentucky, the Huffington Post reports that Actor Ashley Judd has “told key advisers and political figures” that she’ll kick off a U.S. Senate campaign in the spring.
* Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin was the subject of some retirement rumors, but the Illinois Democrat made clear yesterday that he will seek re-election.
* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) appears to have some new GOP rivals in advance of his 2014 campaign, but it’s hard to say whether they should be taken seriously: conservative blogger Nancy Mace and GOProud co-founder Bruce Carroll have said they’re likely to run primary campaigns against the incumbent.
* In Virginia, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has been under some pressure to step down from his post while running for governor, but the far-right candidate announced over the weekend that he will remain at his post.
* Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) isn’t up for re-election until 2016, but he nevertheless announced this week that he will, in fact, seek another term.
* And in the least surprising campaign news in a while, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist conceded over the weekend that he’s giving “serious thought” to taking on Gov. Rick Scott (R) next year. Crist served one term as a Republican, but last year became a Democrat.