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.

* Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie earned the Republican gubernatorial nomination yesterday in New Jersey, winning about 54% of the vote. Incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine (D) faced token opposition and won easily.

* In Pennsylvania, the Democratic establishment doesn’t want to see Sen. Arlen Specter face a primary challenge, but the party’s voters see things differently. A survey released yesterday by Susquehanna Research and Polling found 63% of Pennsylvania Democrats would like to see the incumbent face off against a primary challenger.

* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) was asked about his all-but certain presidential campaign in 2012 yesterday. He replied he isn’t “ruling anything in or out.”

* Speaking of Minnesota, now that Republicans will be looking for a gubernatorial successor, will Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) run? Probably not.

* How about former Sen. Norm Coleman (R)? Might he run for governor? It’s the subject of some interest.

* We knew former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes (D) was likely to run for some statewide office next year, we just weren’t sure which. Today, Barnes will reportedly announce he’s running to reclaim his old job, and will skip the Senate race against Sen. Johnny Isakson (R).

* Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s (R) Senate campaign ran into a little trouble yesterday when evidence surfaced showing she’s failed to vote in most of the recent election cycles.

* And while 2012 polls continue to have very little practical value, CNN asked Republican voters who they’d like to see as their party’s presidential nominee in the next cycle. Mike Huckabee garnered 22%, followed by Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, with 21% each.