Wednesday’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:

* President Obama’s re-election campaign isn’t done targeting Mitt Romney over women’s health, launching a new ad on the issue this morning. The spot, which I believe is the fifth Obama ad on Romney and reproductive rights, will begin airing today in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia today.

* In response to Romney’s relatively modest ad buy in Wisconsin, the Obama campaign is also investing in the Badger State. It’s unclear at this point how large the Democrats ad buy is.

* A SurveyUSA poll in Florida shows Obama with a modest lead over Romney, 48% to 44%.

* The same poll suggests Florida’s U.S. Senate race slipping away from the GOP, with Sen. Bill Nelson (D) leading Rep. Connie Mack IV (R), 47% to 36%.

* Earlier in the year, Obama’s team hoped to keep Arizona competitive, but PPP shows the state out of reach for the president. More important, however, is Arizona’s U.S. Senate race, in which Rep. Jeff Flake (R) now has a very narrow lead over Richard Carmona (D), 44% to 43%.

* Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the powerful National Republican Senatorial Committee, reiterated yesterday that he won’t help Todd Akin in Missouri. I’m still not sure I believe him.

* In New Hampshire, Ovide Lamontagne (R) and former state Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan (D) won their respective primaries yesterday, and will face off in this year’s gubernatorial race.

* And in an unfortunate twist, the Romney campaign appears to have literally copied donation instructions from the Obama campaign’s website. The Republican campaign has since corrected the error.

Wednesday's campaign round-up