Monday’s campaign round-up

MONDAY’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.

* To help encourage former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) to end his court fights delaying the inevitable, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America have begun a campaign to collect $1 a day from supporters for every day Coleman drags out the process.

* On a related note, Coleman has already hinted that he’ll take his case to the federal judiciary, if/when he loses at the state Supreme Court.

* Despite Michael Steele’s troubles, the RNC edged the DNC in first quarter fundraising.

* Six state Republican lawmakers in California in February helped the state avert a budget disaster by agreeing to a plan crafted by the state’s GOP governor and Democratic majority. The state party has already agreed to cut off campaign funding for these six, and now conservative activists in the state are launching a recall initiative.

* The NRSC has already thrown its support to Sen. Arlen Specter’s (R) re-election bid in Pennsylvania, but the state’s House Republican delegation is largely remaining neutral.

* With the initial counting of absentee ballots complete in New York’s 20th, Democrat Scott Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 273 votes. There are about 1,500 challenged absentee ballot envelopes remaining, and the campaigns are headed to court.

* Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) has her first Republican challenger, with state Sen. Kim Hendren kicking off his campaign over the weekend. The 71-year-old state lawmaker will probably face some stiff competition in a GOP primary, with former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin eyeing the race.

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