Wednesday’s campaign round-up

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Wednesday's campaign round-up
Wednesday's campaign round-up
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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 New Jersey, which will hold its gubernatorial race later this year, a new Quinnipiac poll shows incumbent Gov. Chris Christie (R) cruising past his Democratic challengers, and 68% of the state’s voters believe he deserves re-election.

* On a related note, the same poll found that among New Jersey Democrats, Newark Mayor Cory Booker would enjoy a sizeable advantage over incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 51% to 30%, if the two were to meet in a primary.

* Lautenberg talking about giving Booker a “spanking” for being “disrespectful” probably won’t help.

* In Minnesota, Public Policy Polling’s latest survey shows Sen. Al Franken (D) looking fairly strong in advance of his re-election bid, including a 52% approval rating.

* In Maine, PPP found most of the state’s voters disapprove of far-right Gov. Paul LePage (R), but in a three-way race in which Democrats and independents split the mainstream vote, LePage may yet win a second term. In a head-to-head match-up against a Democrat, the governor trails by double digits.

* Speaking of Maine, is there any chance Sen. Susan Collins (R) will face a credible challenge in 2014? Apparently not.

* More than a few political reporters noted that Vice President Biden invited some New Hampshire and Iowa guests to his inaugural events, which probably wasn’t a coincidence.

* And in Massachusetts, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tim Murray will not run for governor in 2014. State Treasurer Steve Grossman appears likely to run, especially with Murray out of the race.

Wednesday's campaign round-up

Updated