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.

* Obama will leave the campaign trail on Friday and Saturday to visit his grandmother, who helped raise him, and who is gravely ill in Hawaii.

* Obama is hosting an economic forum in Lake Worth, Fla., this afternoon, featuring governors, business leaders, and economic experts.

* CNN reported that the McCain campaign is effectively giving up on Iowa, New Mexico, and Colorado — all “red” states — but McCain aides deny the accuracy of the report.

* Just one day after Sarah Palin criticized the use of robocalls, she recorded her own robocall.

* The Republican Party of Florida has begun attacking Obama on, of all things, crime.

* In Ohio, a Suffolk University poll shows Obama leading McCain by nine, 51% to 42, while Rasmussen has McCain up by two, 49% to 47%.

* In Florida, Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama by one, 49% to 48%.

* In Virginia, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by 10, 54% to 44%, while SurveyUSA shows Obama up by six, 51% to 45%.

* In Missouri, a Suffolk University poll shows McCain leading Obama by one, 45% to 44%, while Rasmussen shows Obama up by five, 49% to 44%.

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

* In North Carolina, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by three, 51% to 48%.

* In New Hampshire, Research 2000 shows Obama leading McCain by seven, 50% to 43%.

* In Indiana, Public Policy Polling shows Obama leading McCain by two, 48% to 46%.

* In New Jersey, Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain by 17, 59% to 36%.

* And don’t forget to keep an eye on that Senate race in Kentucky. According to SurveyUSA, it’s tied.

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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.