Friday’s campaign round-up

FRIDAY’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.

* A new Gallup poll shows Obama with strong support from Jewish voters. “The current proportion of U.S. Jews backing Obama is identical to the level of support the Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards received in the 2004 presidential election (74%).”

* A new McCain robocall insists that Obama’s healthcare plan will slow “development of life saving drugs.”

* The Obama campaign is responding with its own robocall, featuring a Navy veteran and self-described former McCain supporter denouncing McCain for running a “dishonorable campaign” of “vicious personal attacks.”

* Interesting new tool unveiled by the Obama campaign to track and monitor McCain campaign lies and scare tactics.

* The New York Times editorial board endorsed Obama today, urging readers to remember that “the nation’s future truly hangs in the balance.”

* When it comes to re-election, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is in deep trouble in her district, and so is Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) in his. Both have said very dumb things recently.

* Obama unveiled his first all Spanish-language television ad yesterday, and his pronunciation is surprisingly good for someone who doesn’t speak Spanish.

* Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) has finally cut an ad for McCain. It’s a radio spot.

* Hillary Clinton’s PAC has donated $500,000 to over 75 Democratic candidates in over 30 states.

* In Florida, a Miami Herald poll shows Obama leading McCain by seven, 49% to 42%.

* In Montana, a Montana State University-Billings poll shows Obama leading McCain by four, 44% to 40%.

* In Indiana, SurveyUSA shows Obama leading McCain by four, 49% to 45%.

* In Georgia, Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama by five, 51% to 46%, but InsiderAdvantage shows Obama with a narrow lead, 48% to 47%.

* In Minnesota, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by 15, 56% to 41%.

* In Washington state, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by 11, 54% to 43%.

* In Louisiana, Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama by 16, 57% 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.