Thursday’s campaign round-up

THURSDAY’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 Obama campaign unveiled a minute-long biographical piece last night, emphasizing Obama’s love of country.

* The United Auto Workers are stepping up with a new ad campaign, hitting McCain on economic issues. The spots are slated to run in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

* In perhaps the cycle’s most predictable announcement, the National Rifle Association endorsed McCain this morning.

* In Pennsylvania, a Strategic Vision poll shows Obama leading McCain by 14, 54% to 40%.

* In Wisconsin, a SurveyUSA poll shows Obama leading McCain by 14, 52% to 42%.

* In North Carolina, a SurveyUSA poll shows McCain leading Obama by three, 49% to 46%.

* In Georgia, a Strategic Vision poll shows McCain leading Obama by seven, 50% to 43%.

* And while Obama has done well in stretching the electoral map this year, I think we can safely say that Oklahoma is not in play.

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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.