WEDNESDAY’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.

* Sarah Palin had been slated to be the keynote speaker at the annual Republican Senate-House Dinner in Washington in June. Yesterday, she was replaced by Newt Gingrich. A GOP official told Fox News that the Alaska governor “was a disaster.”

* RNC Chairman Michael Steele encouraged his fellow Republicans yesterday to be more like him. Steele said his party would be better off if it were “unconventional” and “unpredictable,” the way he is.

* Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ken.) conceded yesterday that his re-election fundraising has been “lousy.” He added, however, “If at first you don’t succeed, you try, try, try again.”

* The very competitive Democratic primary in Virginia’s gubernatorial race remains close. According to a Public Policy Polling survey (pdf), Brian Moran is out in front with 22%, followed by Terry McAuliffe with 18% support, and Creigh Deeds a close third at 15%.

* The field of Republican challengers hoping to take on Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) got a little bigger yesterday when Connecticut state Sen. Sam Caligiuri (R) threw his hat into the ring.

* Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and troubled McCain/Palin surrogate Carly Fiornia is reportedly moving forward with her plans to run for the Senate in California next year. Fiorina acknowledged yesterday she is “seriously considering” challenging Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), and would run as a Republican.

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.