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.

* Roll Call reported yesterday that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is “giving serious consideration” to running for the Senate in 2010, given Sen. Mel Martinez’s (R) looming retirement after one term.

* The same report noted that Martinez is thinking about stepping down before the end of his term, but the senator’s office is denying this.

* Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced this morning that she will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kit Bond (R) in 2010. Carnahan may face a Democratic primary, but at this stage, she’s the likely favorite. UPDATE: (h/t Clark)

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to face a Republican primary challenge next year from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, so he was no doubt pleased to pick up an endorsement yesterday from Sarah Palin.

* Fundraising has picked up for the Campaign for Jobs and Recovery, which is “the group coordinating efforts by labor unions and other outside liberal groups to push Obama’s stim package and target its GOP opponents.” In the 48 hours after the Republicans’ unanimous opposition to the plan, the group raised nearly half a million dollars.

* Norm Coleman’s attorneys continue to make odd arguments in Minnesota.

* Rep. Artur Davis (D) is poised to launch a long-rumored gubernatorial campaign in Alabama.

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