Friday’s campaign round-up

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 New York’s 20th, Democrat Scott Murphy now leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 264 votes. In the face of increasingly likely defeat, Republicans are now eyeing the courts, and Tedisco’s lawyers yesterday asked a state court to declare him the winner, despite having fewer votes.

* Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R) said he feels compelled to keep fighting his defeat in the courts. “I’m hopeful,” Coleman said. “I think the law is on our side.”

* Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) spoke at an anti-abortion dinner last night in Indiana.

* Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) in-state fundraising in the first quarter was abysmal, but President Obama made it clear this week that he intends to help the Connecticut Democrat.

* Speaking of senators with fundraising problems, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) raised a grand total of $845 in the first quarter. No, that’s not a typo, and there are no zeroes missing from the figure.

* Will we see a rematch next year between Elwyn Tinklenberg and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)? It seems likely, and some Democratic leaders are confident that Bachmann is vulnerable.

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