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 McCain campaign and the RNC have two new robocalls. The first insists that Obama has “voted against … protecting children from danger.” The second goes after Obama’s “bitter” comments, and says he and “elitist Democrats” want to take away people’s guns.

* The National Republican Senatorial Committee is running ads in North Carolina that assume an Obama victory.

* As recently as July, the McCain campaign didn’t see the need to even open a campaign office in the Republican stronghold of Indiana. Now, less than two weeks before Election Day, the McCain campaign has decided to spend several hundred thousand dollars on “a last-minute television buy” in the state.

* In Florida, Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain by five, 49% to 44%, while Mason-Dixon shows McCain leading by one, 46% to 45%.

* In Ohio, Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain by 14, 52% to 38%, while Time/CNN shows Obama up by four, 50% to 46%, and the Big Ten polling consortium shows Obama up by 12, 53% to 41%.

* In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain by 13, 53% to 40%, while the Big Ten polling consortium shows Obama up by 11, 52% to 41%.

* In Virginia, Time/CNN shows Obama leading McCain by 10, 54% to 44%, while Mason-Dixon shows Obama leading by two, 47% to 45%,

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

* In North Carolina, Time/CNN shows Obama leading McCain by four, 51% to 47%.

* In Indiana, the Big Ten polling consortium shows Obama leading McCain by 10, 51% to 41%.

* In West Virginia, Time/CNN shows McCain leading Obama by nine, 53% to 44%.

* In Iowa, the Big Ten polling consortium shows Obama leading McCain by 13, 52% to 39%.

* In Michigan, the Big Ten polling consortium shows Obama leading McCain by 22, 58% to 36%.

* In Minnesota, the Big Ten polling consortium shows Obama leading McCain by 19, 57% to 38%.

* In Wisconsin, the Big Ten polling consortium shows Obama leading McCain by 13, 53% 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.