Thursday’s campaign round-up

THURSDAY’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.

* Joe Biden used the DNC’s Organizing for America email list to promote Arlen Specter this morning. “Three weeks ago,” the vice president wrote, “my friend Senator Arlen Specter added one more feat to his long and impressive career — he became a Democrat.”

* How can Norm Coleman afford to keep paying his legal bills? A party official told CNN yesterday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has chipped in $750,000 to help the former senator keep his legal fights going.

* Terry McAuliffe still looks to be leading the pack in Virginia’s gubernatorial Democratic primary. A new poll from SurveyUSA shows McAuliffe out in front with 37% support, followed by Creigh Deeds at 26%, and Brian Moran at 22%.

* In Utah, state Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R) launched a primary challenge yesterday against Sen. Bob Bennett (R), taking on the incumbent from the far-right.

* It looked like Sen. David Vitter (R) might avoid a primary challenge next year, but Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell, who narrowly lost to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in 2002, is reportedly eyeing the race.

* The White House has helped Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) by convincing some potential Democratic challengers to skip the race, but Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) conceded yesterday that he’s considering taking Gillibrand on anyway.

* And Chris Kennedy, one of Robert F. Kennedy’s sons, is poised to launch a Senate campaign in Illinois. Kennedy is a Chicago-area businessman who has not previously held elected office.