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:

* Describing the state of the campaign, McCain will tell a Virginia audience this morning, “[W]e’ve got them just where we want them.”

* Yesterday, hoping to cheer up his staff, McCain vowed to “whip [Obama’s] you-know-what” in Wednesday’s debate.

* Relying on reports from CNN and Time, I indicated that Sarah Palin would campaign in West Virginia yesterday. It turns out, she skipped the state.

* For the first time in months, Obama did some door-to-door campaigning, this time in the Toledo, Ohio, area.

* Bill Clinton campaigned in Richmond, Va., yesterday, urging supporters to help Obama, but not to forget the importance of down-ballot Democrats, too.

* Over the last five weeks, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Joe Biden have appeared at a total of 95 separate events. Over the same period of time, John McCain, Cindy McCain, and Sarah Palin have appeared at 56 events.

* In Ohio, a University of Cincinnati poll shows McCain leading Obama by two, 48% to 46%. A new Marist poll, however, shows Obama leading McCain in Ohio by four, 49% to 45%.

* In Pennsylvania, a new Marist poll shows Obama leading McCain by 12, 53% to 41%.

* In Colorado, Public Policy Polling shows Obama leading McCain by 10, 52% to 42%.

* In Nevada, a Mason-Dixon poll shows Obama leading McCain by two, 47% to 45%.

* In Iowa, SurveyUSA shows Obama leading McCain by 13, 54% to 41%.

* In North Dakota, a poll from the Public Affairs Institute at Minnesota State University Moorhead shows Obama leading McCain by two, 45% to 43%.

* In California, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by 16, 56% to 40.

* Obama picked up 16 endorsements from newspaper editorial boards over the weekend, “including six in swing states Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Missouri.” McCain gained two.

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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.