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 new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney nationally by four points, 48% to 44%, while the new Associated Press/GfK poll shows Obama’s lead at only one point, 47% to 46%.
* The Obama campaign continues its focus on education in its new ad, but instead of higher ed, this spot goes after Romney for K-12.
* In battleground state polling, PPP shows Obama up by five in Virginia (50% to 45%); a poll from the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows Obama ahead by two in Nevada (47% to 45%); and PPP shows Romney taking the lead in Wisconsin by one (48% to 47%).
* Despite Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) recent embarrassments, his standing appears to be getting stronger, not weaker – PPP now shows the Republican leading Elizabeth Warren by five, 49% to 44%, his biggest lead in over a year.
* Vice President Biden will be in Tampa next week, hoping to be a thorn in the Republicans’ side during their national convention.
* Is Michigan in play this year at the presidential level? Despite Obama’s rescue of the American auto industry, and Romney’s “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” policy, the Republican ticket clearly believes it has a shot in Michigan, and Romney and Ryan will campaign in the state later this week.
* Sandra Fluke is taking a more active role in the Obama campaign, sending a mass email on Todd Akin out to the Obama mailing list yesterday.
* And in the state of Washington, Michael Baumgartner, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, was unhappy with a recent article about himself in Seattle Met Magazine, so he emailed the reporter to tell him to “go f*** himself.” Baumgartner is not expected to do well in November.