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 latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows President Obama narrowly leading Mitt Romney in the 12 most competitive battleground states, 47% to 44%.
* The latest Monmouth University Poll, meanwhile, shows Obama leading Romney nationally by just one point, 46% to 45%.
* In an ad produced before Todd Akin’s controversy, the Obama campaign is again hitting Romney/Ryan on women’s health and reproductive rights.
* If Akin were dropping out, he probably wouldn’t be buying ad time for the rest of the week.
* On a related note, while PPP found Akin still leading Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in Missouri, SurveyUSA found that a majority of voters in the state believe Akin should drop out.
* In a partnership designed to give President Obama a boost, MoveOn.org Political Action, with 7 million members, and Workers’ Voice, the super PAC arm of the 12 million-member AFL-CIO, are teaming up for a joint get-out-the-vote venture.
* Obama is now trailing Romney badly in cash on hand, $123.7 million to $185.9 million.
* Speaking of fundraising, the National Republican Congressional Committee outraised the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by more than $2 million in July.
* And in Massachusetts, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has brought back his favorite campaign prop: his truck.