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.

* Two new polls shows Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s (R) Senate campaign looking strong against his far-right primary opponent, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio. Quinnipiac shows Crist ahead by 29 points (55% to 26%), while Rasmussen shows Crist up by 22 points (53% to 31%).

* Businessman Chris Kennedy had expressed quite a bit of interest in running for the Senate in Illinois as a Democrat, but he announced yesterday that he will not run.

* Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina took the first step towards a Republican Senate campaign against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) yesterday. Fiorina is perhaps best known to the political world as an advisor/surrogate for the McCain/Palin presidential campaign.

* A SurveyUSA poll in Kentucky shows Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo ahead in the Democratic primary for the open Senate seat next year. He leads state Attorney General Jack Conway in the poll by eight, 39% to 31%.

* The latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) looking rather weak in his bid for a full term next year. He leads a couple of his lesser-known Republican rivals, but trails former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) by three, 42% to 39%.

* Labor leader Richard Trumka wants Democratic lawmakers to know that if they vote against a public option, union support is on the line when they seek re-election.