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:

* The final two polls out of Ohio show a very competitive Republican presidential primary. Though most of the recent polls show Mitt Romney with a slight edge over Rick Santorum, CNN now shows the two tied at 32% each, while a Suffolk poll shows Santorum ahead, 37% to 33%.

* Speaking of Ohio, let’s not forget another marquee match-up today: as a result of redistricting, Democratic Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich will face off against one another today.

* In Maine, former Independent Gov. Angus King is launching a U.S. Senate campaign, and his announcement shakes up the race in rather dramatic ways – King was a popular two-term governor, and his entry may push prominent Democrats to reconsider their candidacies.

* As part of the push to paint Mitt Romney as anti-Hispanic, Democrats are seizing on the former governor’s new round of attacks over Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

* Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to make a series of joint appearances with President Obama at upcoming fundraisers in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

* Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a right-wing freshman, said yesterday he’s “willing and ready” to accept the GOP’s vice presidential nomination, if someone wanted to give it to him.

* In Georgia, it’s hard to believe, but a CNN poll shows President Obama tied with a generic Republican nominee in this traditionally “red” state.

* And Andy Kroll notes a newly-surfaced video of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), during his 2010 campaign, vowing to work within the state’s collective-bargaining rules – the same rules that he set out to eliminate soon after taking office. The significance is simple: the recall effort is predicated on the argument that Walker misled Wisconsin voters about what he’d do if elected.

Tuesday's campaign round-up