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.

* Apparently convinced that good ol’ vote counting isn’t going to work, Norm Coleman’s attorney has now officially embraced setting aside the election results in Minnesota and hosting a do-over.

* It’s primary day in Illinois’ 5th congressional district, in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel. The leading Democrats appear to be Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley and state Reps. Sara Feigenholtz and John Fritchey, Given the strong partisan tilt of the district, the winner of the Democratic primary is heavily favored to win the seat.

* A new Marist poll of New York Democrats shows Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) narrowly leading her likely primary opponent, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D), 36% to 33%. Gillibrand fares much better against her likely Republican candidate, Rep. Peter King, who trails the appointed incumbent, 49% to 28%.

* Larry Kudlow, the conservative media personality, confirmed yesterday that he is considering running for the Senate next year in Connecticut against incumbent Sen. Chris Dodd (D).

* Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) announced yesterday that she’s giving up her seat to run for governor next year. She’s likely to face Rep. Tom Cole, Kevin Calvey, and Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett, or some combination of them, in a Republican primary.

* Much to Sen. David Vitter’s (R-La.) relief, former Rep. John Cooksey said he will not challenge Vitter in a Republican primary next year.

* Howard Dean has indicated that he may, at some point, seek elected office again. “I wouldn’t rule it out,” he said. “Who knows? It’s not in my plans right now.”

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