Wednesday’s campaign round-up

WEDNESDAY’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:

* The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Obama leading McCain nationally by four, 50% to 46%.

* A new national poll from the Pew Research Center shows Obama leading McCain by seven, 49% to 42%, and shows Palin’s support dropping quickly.

* A new national poll from Time magazine shows Obama leading McCain by seven, 50% to 43%.

* There are a lot of newly-registered voters for this cycle, and according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC/MySpace survey, they support Obama over McCain by a wide margin, 61% to 30%. The same report, however, showed that the trick will be getting these new voters to show up on Election Day.

* A new ad from Planned Parenthood hits McCain/Palin aggressively, targeting the Republican ticket on charging victims of sexual assault for rape tests.

* If Florida, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading McCain by eight, 51% to 43%.

* If Ohio, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading McCain by eight, 50% to 42%.

* If Pennsylvania, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading McCain by 15, 54% to 39%.

* Before Obama supporters get too excited about the Quinnipiac results, it’s worth noting that even the Obama campaign doesn’t believe them, calling the results “a bit rosier than reality.”

* In Ohio, SurveyUSA shows McCain leading Obama by one, 49% to 48%.

* In Arizona, Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama by 21, 59% to 38%.

* In Indiana, SurveyUSA shows McCain leading Obama by three, 48% to 45%.

* In Georgia, SurveyUSA shows McCain leading Obama by eight, 52% to 44%.

* In New Jersey, SurveyUSA shows Obama leading McCain by 10, 52% to 42%.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.