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:

* New Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News polling shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by six points in Florida (51% to 45%), six points in Ohio (50% to 44%), and 11 points in Pennsylvania (53% to 42%). Note the results are likely voters, not just registered voters.

* A new ad from the Obama campaign connects some interesting threads, reminding voters of the progress since the Bush/Cheney era, and hitting Romney for supporting tax breaks and increased military spending that would increase the deficit.

* The Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News polling also shows Sen. Bill Nelson (D) up by seven in Florida, Sen. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) ahead by 12 in Ohio, and Sen. Bob Casey (D) leading by 18 points in Pennsylvania.

* Romney is hitting the road again next week, launching a four-day bus tour that will bring the Republican to events from Virginia to South Florida.

* Speaking of Florida, while the aforementioned poll shows Obama with a six-point lead, PPP shows the president’s margin at only one point, 48% to 47%.

* The president is not only starting to contribute to his own campaign, he’s making a video about it.

* In Michigan, a new EPIC-MRA poll puts Obama ahead of Romney by six, 48% to 42%.

* Karl Rove’s attack operation, Crossroads GPS, is investing $11 million in a new attack ad on the strength of the economic recovery.

* In Connecticut, former wrestling company executive Linda McMahon is doing so well in her Republican U.S. Senate primary, her campaign is already running ads with a general-election focus.

* And thanks to a series of recent controversies, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was able to raise $1 million in July, which, of course, will only encourage her to continue to push the boundaries of decency.

Wednesday's campaign round-up