Monday’s campaign round-up

MONDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP….Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Clinton adviser Maggie Williams and Obama strategist Axelrod release a joint statement: “The fact is that our teams are working closely to ensure a successful convention and will continue to do so. Senator and President Clinton fully support the Obama/Biden ticket…. Anyone saying anything else doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Period.”

* Hillary Clinton is expected to formally release her primary delegates at a reception on Wednesday.

* In a bit of a surprise, Ted Kennedy will speak tonight at the convention.

* Remember the fight over what to do with the Florida and Michigan convention delegations? It’s all water under the bridge — the credentials committee voted unanimously yesterday to restore full voting rights to both states’ delegations.

* Former Rep. Jim Leach, an Iowa Republican, will speak to the Democratic convention tonight, and Fairbanks Mayor Jim Whitaker, an Alaska Republican, will do the same tomorrow.

* The latest CNN/Opinion Research poll shows Obama and McCain tied nationally at 47% each.

* The Hill reported, “AFL-CIO officials have kicked off their push to introduce Barack Obama to union voters in 24 ‘priority’ states, unveiling a mail piece that will go out to more than a million swing voters in four states this week.” Karen Ackerman, political director of the AFL-CIO, called it the “biggest grassroots effort in history.”

* The RNC has established a “war room” in Denver, to attack Dems during their convention.

* The RNC also continues to utilize Hillary Clinton’s attacks against Obama from the primary season.

* A Public Policy Polling poll shows Obama leading McCain in Virginia by two, 47% to 45%.

* A Suffolk University poll shows Obama leading McCain in Colorado by five, 44% to 39%.

* Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama in Indiana by four, 46% to 42%.

* Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain in California by 14, 51% to 37%.

* Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama in Mississippi by 13, 54% to 41%.

* Mason-Dixon shows McCain leading Obama in Arizona by six, 47% to 41%.

* Mason-Dixon shows Obama leading McCain in Colorado by three, 46% to 43%.

* Mason-Dixon shows McCain leading Obama in New Mexico by four, 45% to 41%.

* Mason-Dixon shows McCain leading Obama in Nevada by seven, 46% to 39%.

* Mason-Dixon shows McCain leading Obama in Utah by 39, 62% to 23%.

* Mason-Dixon shows McCain leading Obama in Wyoming by 37, 62% to 25%.

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