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:

* A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney at the national level by seven, 49% to 42%.

* In keeping with the recent trend, the Obama campaign released another video this morning on women’s health and reproductive rights. This one features actress Elizabeth Banks.

* In Colorado, one of the nation’s most closely-watched swing states, PPP shows Obama leading Romney by six, 49% to 43%, while Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS shows Romney ahead by five, 50% to 45%. One of those is wrong.

* Speaking of battleground states, the same Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS poll shows Obama leading in Virginia by four points, 49% to 45%, and ahead in Wisconsin by six points, 51% to 45%.

* And in still more swing-state news, Public Policy Polling raised some eyebrows yesterday with the release of a poll showing Obama in the lead in North Carolina, 49% to 46%.

* Americans for Prosperity, the far-right operation financed by the Koch brothers, is launching a $25 million campaign running attack ads tying President Obama to the national debt. The ads will air for three weeks in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

* In Virginia’s very competitive U.S. Senate race, Quinnipiac’s new poll shows Tim Kaine (D) narrowly leading George Allen (R), 48% to 46%.

* And President Obama will make an unusually-long trip to Iowa next week, launching a three-day bus tour through the Midwestern swing state.