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:
* In his first day as an announced Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) raised $500,000. That’s a decent haul, though it won’t strike fear in the heart of Jeb Bush.
* In Florida, the latest PPP survey found that only 37% of voters statewide believe former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) should run for president. Sen. Marco Rubio (R) fares slightly worse among his constituents, 35% of whom want the senator to run for the White House.
* In Indiana, where Sen. Dan Coats (R) is retiring, his likely successors are wasting no time. Five Republicans from the U.S. House, Coats’ state-based chief of staff, and the Speaker of the Indiana state House have all expressed interest in running.
* On a related note, among Democratic Hoosiers, former Rep. Baron Hill is clearly interested, though former Sen. Evan Bayh is the one most of the state is keeping an eye on.
* In Michigan, Rep. Dan Benishek (R) promised voters he’d stick to a self-imposed term limit of three terms. As is often the case, the congressman, recently elected for the third time, announced yesterday he’s changed his mind and will run for a fourth term.
* It hasn’t generated much attention, but there’s apparently a “Draft Biden” group hard at work, hoping to lure Vice President Biden into the presidential race.
* In Illinois, far-right former Rep. Joe Walsh (R) continues to say he’s “seriously considering” a primary campaign against Sen. Mark Kirk (R), but he’s been saying that for a while and there’s no word on when voters can expect to hear an announcement.
* And across the pond, British Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC this week that he will run for a full second term, but it will be his last. “The third term is not something I am contemplating,” he said, adding third terms are “like Shredded Wheat: two are wonderful but three might just be too many.”