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:

* In a new closing-statement-style ad, President Obama has a minute-long spot asking voters to compare his plan with Mitt Romney’s. The ad will air in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and Colorado.

* In national polling, a CBS/Quinnipiac poll released last night found Obama leading Romney by two, 48% to 46%, while a new PPP poll for Daily Kos/SEIU finds the candidates tied at 48% each.

* Oh my: “A Republican-run election board in a northern Ohio county sent out voting instructions to several precincts with the wrong date for Election Day and an incorrect description of the polling place location.”

* Speaking of Ohio, a Suffolk University poll finds Obama and Romney tied at 47% each.

* And in still more Ohio news, how invested is Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation in Josh Mandel’s (R) Senate race? Mandel has spent $9.8 million, while Crossroads has spent $9.2 million.

* A University of New Hampshire poll (pdf) released yesterday found Obama leading Romney by eight, 49% to 41%, though no one really seems to believe it’s accurate.

* In early voting news, Democrats appear to have an early edge in Nevada and North Carolina, though in the latter, it’s hard to say how many of those voters are conservative Dems who’ll back Romney.

* And in Indiana, home to a very competitive U.S. Senate race, Romney is now appearing in a new TV ad in support of far-right Republican Richard Mourdock. It’s a rare spot featuring a presidential hopeful helping a down-ballot candidate.

Tuesday's campaign round-up