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.

* Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) “hopes” to see Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) resign this week. We’ll see.

* How anxious is the Republican establishment to get rid of Sen. Jim Bunning (R) in Kentucky? Officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee met with State Senate President David Williams (R) over the weekend, apparently to talk about the race.

* The Star Tribune notes today that Norm Coleman’s chance of winning his latest legal fight is remote. “Coleman is in a bubble running out of oxygen,” said Lawrence Jacobs, a University of Minnesota political science professor.

* Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) sees Gov. David Paterson’s (D) dropping statewide support, and she’s getting awfully nervous about next year.

* South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal were all asked over the weekend if they planned to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Each was noncommittal.

* Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) has picked up his first Republican opponent for 2010, but it’s not former Rep. Rob Simmons; it’s state Sen. Sam S.F. Caligiuri.

* How solid are John McCain’s re-election chances next year? Seyward Darby takes a closer look at the Arizona Republican’s prospects.

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