Tuesday’s campaign round-up

TUESDAY’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.

* With just five weeks until Election Day in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Creigh Deeds (D) has unveiled a new television ad, touting the support of Sen. Mark Warner (D). Warner, also a former governor, is easily the most popular political figure in the commonwealth.

* The special election in New York’s 23rd got a little more interesting yesterday when the right-wing Club for Growth bypassed the moderate Republican candidate and threw its support to Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. GOP leaders, who have backed Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava, are increasingly worried about the race.

* In Massachusetts, state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) is hosting a press conference today, pointing to the strong support her Senate campaign enjoys from a variety of women’s groups and leaders.

* In California, the latest Rasmussen poll shows state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) looking strong against all the likely Republican gubernatorial candidates. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) fares far less well, and trails the GOP hopefuls in hypothetical match-ups.

* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is obviously moving towards a presidential campaign, but only 30% of his constituents want to see him run for the White House.

* And in Kentucky, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo (D), a leading U.S. Senate candidate, has suffered a serious setback with the release of a profanity-laced recording. The tape, leaked yesterday, features Mongiardo trashing Gov. Steve Beshear (D), who endorsed him earlier this year. Mongiardo added that he’s “close to saying f**k it all. I do not need this job. I do not need the U.S. Senate.” Mongiardo is facing state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) in a competitive Democratic primary.