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.

* The controversy surrounding Bob McDonnell’s right-wing thesis is not yet hurting the Republican gubernatorial candidate’s campaign in Virginia. The latest Rasmussen poll shows him leading Creigh Deeds (D) by nine, 51% to 42%.

* That said, the controversy has renewed Democratic interests in the race, and the DNC is poised to invest $5 million in the Virginia gubernatorial contest with just two months remaining.

* And in still more news out of Virginia, a Public Policy Polling survey shows George Allen (R), the former governor and senator, looking rather strong should he try to launch a comeback.

* Retired baseball player Curt Schilling is considering a Senate campaign in Massachusetts. Schilling, who has never held public office, is a conservative Republican activist who campaigned for George W. Bush and John McCain in the last two cycles, and is an admitted admirer of Ann Coulter’s.

* If Schilling does run, he will not be eligible to run as a Republican.

* And speaking of Massachusetts, state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) formally kicked off her Senate campaign today.

* It looks as if Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden is giving up her post so she can run against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

* And in Illinois, Rep. Mark Kirk (R), running for the Senate, is under fire for remarks suggesting condoms can reduce illegal immigration from Mexico. The comments, made two years ago, are the focus of new a new ad campaign from Illinois Immigrant Action, a Chicago-based immigration reform advocacy group. (thanks to reader GK for the heads-up)