Friday’s campaign round-up

FRIDAY’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 new problem for Chris Christie’s (R) gubernatorial campaign: he hit a motorcyclist in 2002, but was not issued a ticket. Christie was a U.S. Attorney at the time.

* Bob McDonnell’s gubernatorial campaign in Virginia has a new ad, emphasizing his wife and three of his daughters. The ad is no doubt a response to the McDonnell’s thesis, which denigrated feminism and women in the workplace.

* A new Research 2000 poll for Daily Kos shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) struggling badly in Nevada in advance of next year’s re-election fight. The poll shows him trailing both Danny Tarkanian (R) and Sue Lowden (R) in hypothetical match-ups by about four points, despite their low name-ID.

* Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D), currently the leading Senate candidate for next year’s race, came out strong this week in support of marriage equality. (thanks to GK for the tip)

* Massachusetts Republicans thinks they have a shot to win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in January. The trick: mobilizing the 36% of voters who backed John McCain.

* Speaking of the Bay State, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), the most conservative Dem in the Massachusetts delegation, is also poised to run.

* And in Kentucky, the latest Research 2000 poll for Daily Kos shows Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R) leading Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo (D) and Attorney General Jack Conway (D) in hypothetical general election match-ups, by about five points each.

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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.