MONDAY’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 one month to go before Virginia’s gubernatorial race, the DNC is directing an additional $1 million to support Creigh Deeds’ (D) campaign. “We see a real strong opportunity here,” said DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse. “We’re real pleased with the direction of the race.”
* Interesting historical trend: for the last 32 years, Virginia has sided with the gubernatorial candidate whose party had lost the presidential race the year prior.
* In yet another setback for Meg Whitman’s (R) gubernatorial campaign in California, it appears the former eBay CEO, who recently described herself as a “darned good” conservative Republican, endorsed Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D) re-election campaign in 2004. Whitman also contributed $4,000 to Boxer.
* In his latest ad targeting Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, Rep. Joe Sestak is, not surprisingly, reminding voters about Specter’s 30-year career as a Republican and his support for the McCain-Palin ticket.
* Rep. Kendrick Meek’s (D) Senate campaign in Florida continues to enjoy the enthusiastic backing of former President Bill Clinton.
* And in Arizona, Sen. John McCain (R) is expected to do pretty well in his re-election bid next year, but might he have to worry about a GOP primary? Anti-immigration activist Chris Simcox is already running, and apparently, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth is “weighing a candidacy.” Hayworth, a right-wing former sportscaster, was booted from Congress in 2006 after more than a decade on the Hill.