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:

* In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R), facing a recall election next week, has raised over $5 million in just the last month, and over $30 million over the last year.

* The Planned Parenthood Action Fund threw its support to President Obama today, and launched a new ad campaign in support of the incumbent. The group is reportedly spending $1.4 million to run the spot in Florida, Iowa, and Virginia.

* In the closely-watched U.S. Senate races in Ohio and Virginia, outside Republican groups are already outspending the Democratic campaigns by a 3-to-1 margin.

* Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) told an Italian news outlet he would consider an offer to be Mitt Romney’s running mate “very carefully,” though he doesn’t expect to be chosen.

* In Michigan, Public Policy Polling shows Obama leading Romney by 14 points, 53% to 39%, which suggests the Republican is likely to lose his home state and his birth state.

* In Missouri, PPP found incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) with narrow leads over businessman John Brunner (R) and Rep. Todd Akin (R), and tied with former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R), in hypothetical match-ups.

* First Read makes a sharp observation: “[T]his week’s 10 hottest advertising markets in the presidential campaign and notes they’re all in states that George W. Bush carried in 2004 (and three that John Kerry never contested).”

* And in an unfortunate typo, the Romney campaign’s new iPhone app misspelled the word “America,” allowing supporters to take a photograph and superimpose the slogan “A better Amercia” on the image.

Wednesday's campaign round-up