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.

* After taking some steps towards the race, former Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) announced that he will not run for the Senate next year. While Rep. Paul Hodes is well positioned as the Democratic candidate, Republicans are now left without a top-tier challenger, though attention is shifting to state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and conservative businessman Fred Tausch.

* Reports yesterday that Rep. Joe Sestak (D) had announced he would take on Sen. Arlen Specter in a Democratic primary in Pennsylvania next year may have been premature. Sestak, according to his spokesperson, has not yet “made a final decision.”

* For months, polls in New Jersey have shown Gov. Jon Corzine (D) trailing Republican Chris Christie in this year’s gubernatorial campaign by wide margins. A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released yesterday, however, shows a closer contest, with Christie leading the incumbent, 45% to 39%.

* In related news, Corzine will get some help from President Obama in two weeks, when the two appear at a rally at Rutgers University on July 16. The president will also appear at a Corzine fundraiser.

* Former eBay president Meg Whitman’s (R) gubernatorial campaign in California is off to a good start, at least as far as fundraising is concerned. Whitman collected $6.5 million over the last five months, on top of the $4 million she invested in her own campaign.

* Rep. Artur Davis’ (D) gubernatorial campaign in Alabama got a little easier yesterday when state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb decided not to run. As of now, it looks like Davis will not face a primary opponent will face off against state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks in a primary.

* Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts (D) said yesterday she will seek re-election, instead of running for governor. State Attorney General Patrick Lynch and state Treasurer Frank Caprio are now expected to fight it out for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

* Now that his Senate campaign is officially over, will Norm Coleman (R) direct his attention to the gubernatorial race in Minnesota next year? Maybe.

Washington Monthly - Donate today and your gift will be doubled!

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.