FRIDAY’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.

* In the wake of Arlen Specter’s flip on EFCA, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is no longer interested in seeing the Pennsylvania Republican switch parties.

* Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) got a little good news for a change, when a new Research 2000 poll showed him with a five-point lead over his likely Republican challenger, former Rep. Rob Simmons, 45% to 40%.

* According to a Republican pollster, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) has an early lead in the open Senate race in Missouri next year. She leads former House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R) by four, 47% to 43%.

* Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) will apparently start his re-election bid facing an uphill climb. A Suffolk University shows only 34% of Massachusetts voters want to give Patrick another term, while 47% believe it’s time for someone else. Patrick’s approval rating stands at just 40%.

* The DNC seems to really enjoy picking fights with Karl Rove.

* Some prominent conservatives in Louisiana decided to skip a primary challenge to Sen. David Vitter (R) recently, but Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne (R) is still mulling the possibility.

* Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee is reportedly poised to launch a gubernatorial run in Rhode Island. Chafee, a Republican until he was defeated in 2006, would reportedly run as an independent.

* South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is lining up far-right friends for 2012.

* And Sarah Palin told Alaska Republicans this week that she couldn’t find McCain campaign staffers during the 2008 race with whom to worship. “[N]obody I could find that I wanted to hold hands with and pray,” the Alaska governor said. McCain campaign aides are, of course, pushing back.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.