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.

* In Massachusetts, Vicki Reggie Kennedy reportedly has no intention of running for the Senate vacancy left by her late husband, Ted Kennedy. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.) are also unlikely to run.

* On the other hand, state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) became the first candidate to launch a campaign in the race. The special election is scheduled for Jan. 19, but one assumes Coakley will have plenty of competitors for the Dec. 8 primary.

* Gilbert Baker, an Arkansas state senator and former chairman of the state’s Republican Party, launched a Senate campaign yesterday, hoping to take on incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) next year.

* Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), who left office after two terms in 2003, is apparently interested in running for his old job again in 2010.

* Entertainer Kinky Friedman is poised to launch another gubernatorial campaign in Texas, this time as a Democrat.

* In low-turnout contests, California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi (D) and businessman David Harmer (R) won in their respective primaries yesterday in the race to replace former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.). Garamendi and Harmer will now face off in November.