Tuesday’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:

* Republican voters in Texas won’t just put Mitt Romney over the top in the race for the GOP presidential nomination today, they’ll also vote in a heated U.S. Senate primary. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is the favorite, but if he fails to get 50%, there will be a runoff.

* Though George W. Bush and Barack Obama both voluntarily disclosed the names of their fundraising bundlers, Romney still refuses, keeping the names secret.

* After a rather extraordinary screw-up, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) is going to have to seek re-election as a write-in candidate.

* msnbc’s Chuck Todd asked Virginia Gov. Bob “Ultrasound” McDonnell (R) this morning whether he’s turned over materials to the Romney campaign as part of the VP vetting process. The governor replied, “Nope.”

* In Indiana, will Sen. Dick Lugar make an effort to help elect Richard Mourdock, the man who defeated him in a Republican primary? Don’t count on it.

* In New Mexico, Rep. Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) and former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) are the clear favorites in their respective parties’ U.S. Senate primaries.

* And in South Dakota, congressional candidate Jeff Barth’s five-minute video has to be one of the more remarkable campaign clips of 2012. It’s worth your time, if only to appreciate the quality of the performance art.

Tuesday's campaign round-up