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.

* A couple of new polls in New Jersey, where the gubernatorial race keeps getting more interesting. A Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll shows Gov. Jon Corzine (D) edging past Chris Christie, 41% to 40%. A Public Policy Polling survey, however, shows Christie up by nine, 44% to 35%.

* Speaking of this year’s gubernatorial campaigns, a Clarus Research Group poll released last night shows Creigh Deeds (D) narrowing the gap against Bob McDonnell (R) in Virginia. The former state attorney general now leads by five, 42% to 37%.

* In a big surprise, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D) has reversed course and will not run for the Senate in Massachusetts.

* The RNC is investing $7 million in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. That’s $2 million more than the DNC.

* President Obama appeared alongside Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania yesterday, for back-to-back fundraising events.

* The latest Rasmussen poll in Nevada shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) struggling badly against both of his largely unknown GOP opponents.

* A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio shows Gov. Ted Strickland (D) with a 10-point lead over former Rep. John Kasich (R), 46% to 36%, in next year’s gubernatorial race.

* The same poll shows both Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate — Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner — leading in hypothetical general election match-ups.

* World Wresting Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon announced today she’s running for the Senate in Connecticut. McMahon will run in a crowded Republican field for the chance to take on Sen. Chris Dodd (D).