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.

* A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Chris Christie (R) leading New Jersey’s gubernatorial campaign by just one point over Gov. Jon Corzine (D), 40% to 39%. Independent Chris Daggett is third with 13%.

* House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will face a primary challenge next year, with Vince Morgan, a New York banker, announcing his campaign yesterday. Morgan is a former campaign director for Rangel.

* Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds’ (D) new campaign ad reminds voters in Northern Virginia that Bob McDonnell (R) attended “Pat Robertson’s law school.”

* Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has an internal poll showing him leading Alexi Giannoulias (D) in next year’s Senate campaign in a hypothetical match-up, 42% to 35%.

* In case there were any doubts, South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint announced yesterday that he will, in fact, seek re-election next year.

* It’s way too early to hold her to any specific commitments, but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday she doesn’t plan to run for president again.

* And in New York City’s mayoral race, the White House ostensibly supports William C. Thompson Jr.’s (D) campaign, but it seems rather “lukewarm” about it.

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