Tuesday’s campaign round-up

TUESDAY’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.

* Norm Coleman’s legal team had a rough first day at the Minnesota Supreme Court, where the justices seemed thoroughly unimpressed with the former senator’s case. Justice Christopher Dietzen, a Republican appointee and the most conservative judge on the panel, said Coleman’s argument had “no concrete evidence to back it up.”

* While Terry McAuliffe seemed to be on a roll in Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows state Sen. Creigh Deeds surging from third to first. PPP has Deeds with 27% support, followed by McAuliffe at 24%, and former state Del. Brian Moran, who had been in second, running third with 22%.

* With Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) leaving Congress to become Secretary of the Army, wrangling is already underway in advance of the special election in New York’s 23rd district.

* There’s soon to be an opening in Utah’s lieutenant governor’s office, now that Gary Herbert (R) is taking over for John Huntsman (R) in the governor’s office. Who wants to be the new #2? Josh Romney, one of Mitt Romney’s sons.

* State Sen. Dan Gelber (D) is headed out of the Democratic Senate primary in Florida, but Rep. Corrine Brown (D) is thinking of getting in.

* Voters head to the polls in New Jersey’s gubernatorial primaries.

* Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine announced yesterday that the party’s fall meeting will be held in Texas, which Kaine believes is “poised to move” from red to blue.