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:

* Obama spoke to some supporters this morning at a Manhattan at a fundraising breakfast, and said it’s too early to feel confident: “For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set, I just have two words for you: New Hampshire. I’ve been in these positions before when we were favored, and the press starts getting carried away and we end up getting spanked…. That’s another good lesson that Hillary Clinton taught me, so we want to make sure that we are closing strong, running through the tape.”

* The RNC is pulling its McCain ads in Wisconsin and Maine, and redirecting resources to traditionally “red” states like Colorado, Missouri, Indiana, and Virginia.

* On a related note, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has decided to give up in Louisiana, which was home to the GOP’s only legitimate pick-up opportunity this cycle.

* Republicans’ direct mail packages are getting increasingly vile, especially in “red” states the GOP sees slipping away. Yesterday, it was North Carolina. Today, it’s Virginia.

* In Florida, a Time/CNN poll shows Obama leading McCain by five, 51% to 46%.

* In Virginia, a Time/CNN poll shows Obama leading McCain by 10, 53% to 43%.

* In Colorado, a Time/CNN poll shows Obama leading McCain by four, 51% to 47%.

* In New Mexico, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by 13, 55% to 42%.

* In Missouri, a Time/CNN poll shows McCain leading Obama by one, 49% to 48%.

* In Georgia, a Time/CNN poll shows McCain leading Obama by eight, 53% to 45%.

* In Massachusetts, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by 13, 62% to 34%.

* In Kansas, Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama by 13, 54% to 41%.

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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.