Monday’s campaign round-up

MONDAY’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.

* After McCain’s poorly attended rally this morning in Tampa, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) was supposed to stick around and do interviews with CNN and local affiliated. Instead he “bolted right after the rally with no explanation.”

* Most modern presidential candidates refrain from campaigning on Election Day. McCain, however, will hit the trail in Colorado and New Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.

* Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R), a convicted felon, will air a two-minute advertisement tonight on seven television stations across his home state.

* Gay-baiting in a campaign is wrong, no matter who the target is.

* The last national Marist Poll of the year shows Obama leading McCain by nine (53% to 44%).

* In Florida, Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain by two (47% to 45%), while Public Policy Polling also has Obama up by two (50% to 48%).

* In Ohio, Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain by seven (50% to 43%), while Public Policy Polling has Obama up by two (50% to 48%), and a University of Cincinnati poll shows Obama by six (52% to 46%).

* In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain by 10 (52% to 42%), while Public Policy Polling has Obama up by eight (53% to 45%), and Rasmussen shows Obama by six (52% to 46%).

* In Virginia, Public Policy Polling shows Obama leading McCain by six (52% to 46%).

* In North Carolina, Public Policy Polling shows Obama leading McCain by one (48% to 47%).

* In Montana, Public Policy Polling shows Obama leading McCain by one (48% to 47%).