MONDAY’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.
* With just one day to go before Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, a new Public Policy Polling survey shows Creigh Deeds out in front with 40% support, followed by Terry McAuliffe at 26%, and Brian Moran at 24%. Rumor has it, there may be another poll or two on this race later today.
* In a bit of a surprise, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) has decided not to run for the Senate next year. She will, however, seek re-election.
* In case there are any lingering doubts about Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D) intentions, he said over the weekend that it would “take an act of God” to stop him from running for the Senate next year.
* On a related note, Sen. Arlen Specter did his best to woo attendees at the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s annual state committee meeting this weekend. The former Republican said he is “pleased and proud” to be a Dem.
* As expected, Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) held an event in Birmingham to announce that he’s running for governor next year.
* Does anyone really believe Norm Coleman is going to win at the Minnesota Supreme Court? Not really.
* In related news, Coleman has not yet taken any steps to run in next year’s gubernatorial campaign in Minnesota.
* With state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo continuing to consider a Democratic primary campaign against New York Gov. David Paterson, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Cuomo risks “racial polarization in a primary.”
* David Plouffe, President Obama’s campaign manager, will now lend his services to Gov. Deval Patrick’s (D) re-election campaign in Massachusetts.