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 and Bill Clinton held a rally outside Orlando late last night, their first joint event of the campaign season. “This man should be our president — all of our president,” Clinton said. “He’s going to be the next president unless Americans forget what this election is all about.”

* The Obama campaign unveiled its closing-argument ads this morning, one positive spot and one negative.

* McCain campaign manager Rick Davis is still inexplicably worked up about ACORN.

* Yesterday, 76 of the most distinguished scientists in the country, Nobel laureates all, endorsed Obama for president.

* In Ohio, a Time/CNN poll shows Obama leading McCain by four (51% to 47%), while a Marist Poll shows Obama up by three (48% to 45%).

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

* In Pennsylvania, a Time/CNN poll shows Obama leading McCain by 12 (55% to 43%), while an NBC/Mason-Dixon poll shows Obama up by just four (47% to 43%), and a Marist Poll shows Obama up by 14 (55% to 41%).

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

* In Virginia, a Time/CNN poll shows Obama leading McCain by nine (53% to 44%).

* In New Mexico, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by 10 (54% to 44%).

* In Nevada, a Time/CNN poll shows Obama leading McCain by seven (52% to 45%).

* In North Carolina, a Time/CNN poll shows Obama leading McCain by six (52% to 46%).

* In Missouri, a Time/CNN poll shows McCain leading Obama by two (50% to 48%).

* In Georgia, a Time/CNN poll shows McCain leading Obama by five (52% to 47%).

* In Arizona, a Time/CNN poll shows McCain leading Obama by seven (53% to 46%), while an NBC/Mason-Dixon poll shows McCain up by four (48% to 44%).

* In Minnesota, Rasmussen shows Obama leading McCain by 12 (55% to 43%), while an NBC/Mason-Dixon poll shows Obama up by eight (48% to 40%).

* In California, a Field Poll shows Obama leading McCain by 22 (55% to 33%).

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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.