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.

* House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told ABC News yesterday that he believes Republicans may take back the House in 2010. Given the current Democratic advantage, Republicans would need a net gain of at least 40 House seats next year.

* In may be a short-term boost, thanks to his big primary victory, but Creigh Deeds (D) now leads Bob McDonnell (R) in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. A new Rasmussen poll shows the former state senator ahead of the former state attorney general, 47% to 41%.

* In Minnesota, a state election court has ordered Norm Coleman to pay Al Franken $94,783.15 in itemized costs.

* Rep. Michael Castle (R) of Delaware certainly seems to have his eye on a Senate race, but his House Republican colleagues are trying to offer enticements to get him to seek re-election to the House.

* In Oklahoma, state Attorney General Drew Edmondson (D), part of a well known Oklahoma political family, announced yesterday he’s running for governor next year. He’ll face Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in a Democratic primary.

* It’s sure to be an uphill climb, but Dems believe they have a shot in next year’s gubernatorial campaign in Alabama. A new survey (pdf) from Public Policy Polling shows Bradley Byrne (R), head of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, leads Rep. Artur Davis (D) by just four points, 39% to 35%.