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 a new video, Jim Messina, President Obama’s campaign manager, notes that the campaign raised $43.6 million in April, which is down from March’s totals.
* In Wisconsin, the latest Daily Kos/Public Policy Polling survey shows Gov. Scott Walker (R) ahead by five in his recall fight against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), 50% to 45%. The election is three weeks away.
* Gallup asked respondents to put aside personal preferences and predict who would win the 2012 presidential election. Obama led Mitt Romney, 56% to 36%.
* Karl Rove’s attack operation, super PAC Crossroads GPS, is launching a 10-state, $25 million ad buy, attacking Obama’s economic policies.
* In New Hampshire, Public Policy Polling shows Obama leading Romney by 12, 53% to 41%.
* In New Jersey, Quinnipiac shows Obama with a healthy lead over Romney, a dynamic that wouldn’t change if Gov. Chris Christie (R) is added to the ticket.
* On a related note, incumbent New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D) leads his Republican challenger, state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, 45% to 35%.
* New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) has already withdrawn from VP speculation, but she moved even further away this week when she mocked Romney’s preferred immigration policy. “ ‘Self-deport?’ What the heck does that mean?” she asked.