*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.

* Now that former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has lost in court, Republican leaders, including the RNC and the NRSC, are surprisingly quiet.

* As Coleman prepares for another round of legal wrangling, he’s losing more of his allies. Joe Scarborough said this morning, “Seriously. Norm, I like you. You lost…. It is seriously not fair to constituents in Minnesota to drag this out any longer. It is over Norm, okay. It is over.”

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), meanwhile, reiterated this morning his intention to wait to seat Al Franken until after the next court ruling.

* In New York’s 20th, Democrat Scott Murphy now holds a 25-vote lead over Republican Jim Tedisco. Still plenty of vote-counting to go.

* Surprising no one, Pat Toomey told Club for Growth members in an email yesterday, “Very soon, I intend to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate in a Republican primary challenge against Arlen Specter.”

* Despite rumors to the contrary, former Rep. Harold Ford (D) announced yesterday that he will not run for governor in Tennessee next year.

* If any other top-tier Democrats plan to run for the Senate in Florida next year, they better hurry — Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) continues to lock up support from key party allies.

* And former Rep. Vito Fossella’s (R-N.Y.) comeback plans may be undermined a bit by his DUI guilty plea yesterday.

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Steve Benen

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.