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.

* The efforts of far-right bloggers to derail Charlie Crist’s Senate campaign in Florida are off to a rough start. A Mason-Dixon poll shows Crist leading his GOP primary opponent, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, 53% to 18%. The same poll shows the governor with huge leads over his likely Democratic opponents, though neither are well known statewide.

* It seems the two Republican senators from Kentucky really do hate each other. Yesterday, Sen. Jim Bunning (R) told reporters, “If Mitch McConnell doesn’t endorse me that may be the best thing that could happen to me in Kentucky.”

* As Norm Coleman continues to drag out his election defeat, the fiasco is taking its toll on Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), whose approval rating is down to just 44%.

* On a related note, a lobbyist who heads up a fundraising group for Coleman said this morning, “Is [the Senate seat] better empty than in Franken’s hands? Hell, yeah.”

* Judy Chu, vice-chairwoman of the California’s Board of Equalization, appears to have won the special election yesterday to replace former Rep. Hilda Solis (D), who has joined the Obama administration.

* In New Jersey, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. Jon Corzine (D) continuing to trail former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie (R), 45% to 38%. The same poll shows Christie pulling away from his GOP primary opponent, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. Last month, Christie led Lonegan by nine; this month, it’s 56% to 33%.

* It’s early, but Rep. Artur Davis’ (D) gubernatorial campaign in Alabama is off to a promising start.

* And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) potential primary opponents are quickly disappearing. Yesterday, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who had already formed an exploratory committee, ended his bid, citing President Obama’s stated preference.