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 national Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney nationally by three (46% to 43%), while a Reuters/Ipsos poll released yesterday showed Obama up by six (49% to 43%).

* Incidentally, the Quinnipiac poll also showed Democrats with a three-point lead over Republicans on the generic congressional ballot, 43% to 40%.

* A tough new video from the Obama campaign hits Romney over his offshore finances, quoting Republicans critical of those who stash money in Bermuda and the Caymans. (Given its length, this appears to be a web ad, not a commercial for broadcast.)

* The Priorities USA Action super PAC released an interesting new polling memo this morning, documenting the efficacy of criticizing Romney’s controversial private-sector background.

* Speaking of super PACs, there’s apparently a new one called Freedom PAC. It’s raised $1,091,000 – $1 million of which came from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

* For the second week in a row, the Romney campaign has bought $5 million of television time, launching another round of ads in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.

* In Wisconsin, a new PPP poll shows Eric Hovde edging past former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the state’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, 31% to 29%. Former Rep. Mark Neumann is third with 15%.

* And former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman apparently isn’t headed to Tampa: “I will not be attending this year’s convention, nor any Republican convention in the future, until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States – a future based on problem solving, inclusiveness, and a willingness to address the trust deficit, which is every bit as corrosive as our fiscal and economic deficits.”

Wednesday's campaign round-up