Wednesday’s campaign round-up

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.

*Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the NRSC, wants to see the GOP “regain our status as a national party” in next year’s midterm elections. Sounds like a good idea.

* Sen. Arlen Specter stopped by the White House this morning, and appeared alongside President Obama and Vice President Biden.

* Rush Limbaugh is not only glad to see Specter leave the Republican Party, he also wants to see John McCain leave, too.

* Former Sen. Lincoln Chaffee announced today he is running for governor of Rhode Island as an Independent. Chafee is a former Republican who supported the Obama campaign last year.

* In Virginia, SurveyUSA shows Terry McAuliffe out in front in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, with 38% support. Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds are at 22% each. Former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell, the likely Republican nominee, leads all three Democrats in hypothetical general election match-ups, though Deeds appears the most competitive.

* Rep. Nathan Deal (R) is apparently poised to announce he’s running for governor in Georgia next year.

* The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg can run for a third term later this year.

* And House Minority Leader John Boehner (R) may face a primary opponent in Ohio next year from a county sheriff best known for his anti-immigration views.

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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.