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:

* The results have not yet been made official, but it appears Wisconsin Democrats won control of the state Senate last night, which would be quite a consolation prize after losing the gubernatorial recall.

* A new Pew Research Poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by seven, 49% to 42%.

* In Florida, Public Policy Polling shows Obama up by four over Romney, 50% to 46%.

* In Pennsylvania, a new Franklin & Marshall poll in Obama leading Romney by 12, 48% to 36%. Rumor has it the Romney camp isn’t prepared to seriously contest the Keystone State.

* A new Quinnipiac poll in Virginia shows Tim Kaine (D) with a narrow lead over George Allen (R) in the state’s closely-watched U.S. Senate race, 44% to 43%.

* In Missouri, the Republicans’ U.S. Senate primary is heating up, with businessman John Brunner launching his first GOP attack ad, going after his primary rivals for their legislative backgrounds.

* In Connecticut, Quinnipiac found former wrestling company executive Linda McMahon with a big lead in her Republican primary against former Rep. Chris Shays, and McMahon now trails Rep. Chris Murphy (D) in a hypothetical matchup by just three points, 46% to 43%.

* And in Nebraska, former Sen. Bob Kerrey’s (D) comeback bid is off to a difficult start, but he received some unexpected encouragement yesterday from Republican Chuck Hagel.

Wednesday's campaign round-up