Tuesday’s campaign round-up

TUESDAY’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:

* McCain hosted an event in North Carolina yesterday, and said he would open the floor to questions after his speech. After he spoke, however, McCain shook some hands and left. “I thought this was a town hall meeting?” a man asked the press corps.

* The League of Conservation Voters is going after McCain in Colorado for raising the possibility of taking more of the state’s water for neighboring states.

* Joe Lieberman isn’t just helping McCain; he’s also helping vulnerable Republican candidates like Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.).

* A new Politico/InsiderAdvantage survey takes a closer look at four key bellwether counties that Bush won in 2000 and 2004 in Nevada, North Carolina, Florida, and North Carolina. Obama now leads in three of the four.

* In Ohio, SurveyUSA shows Obama leading McCain by five, 50% to 45%, while Rasmussen shows Obama up by two, 49% to 47%.

* In Florida, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by five, 51% to 46%.

* In Virginia, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by three, 50% to 47%.

* In Colorado, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading McCain by nine, 52% to 43%.

* In North Carolina, Rasmussen shows Obama and McCain tied at 48% each.

* In Missouri, SurveyUSA shows Obama leading McCain by eight, 51% to 43%, while Rasmussen shows Obama up by three, 50% to 47%.

* In Pennsylvania, SurveyUSA shows Obama leading McCain by 15, 55% to 40%.

* In Minnesota, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading McCain by 11, 51% to 40%.

* In Wisconsin, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading McCain by 17, 54% to 37%.

* In Michigan, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading McCain by 16, 54% to 38%.

* In New Jersey, SurveyUSA shows Obama leading McCain by 15, 55% to 40%.

* In New York, SurveyUSA shows Obama leading McCain by 33, 64% to 31%.

* In Oregon, SurveyUSA shows Obama leading McCain by 17, 57% to 40%.

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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.