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:
* It didn’t take long for the Obama campaign to take advantage of new reports documenting Mitt Romney’s background in outsourcing jobs. In this new ad, the narration concludes, “Romney’s never stood up to China. All he’s ever done is send them our jobs.”
* In Ohio, Public Policy Polling shows President Obama leading his Republican challenger, but the margin is shrinking. Whereas Obama led by seven points a month ago, he’s now up by just three points, 47% to 44%.
* Speaking of Ohio, no Democratic incumbent senator has faced as many attack ads financed by outside, far-right groups as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D). The DSCC hopes to keep Brown financially competitive, and has reserved $5.1 million in air time in the Buckeye State.
* It’s primary day in New York, where Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) hopes to keep his lengthy career alive.
* In Utah, the latest statewide poll shows Romney leading Obama by 42 points. In a way, I’m surprised it’s that close.
* Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is on a medical leave of absence from Congress, seeking treatment for exhaustion. It’s unclear if this will affect his re-election bid.
* And Obama continues to fare very well among voters under the age of 30, according to a report from the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership at Hiram College. What’s less clear is whether turnout among younger voters will keep up with 2008 levels.