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.

* In New Jersey, a new Monmouth/Gannett poll (pdf) shows Gov. Jon Corzine (D) and Chris Christie (R) tied at 39% each. Two weeks left until Election Day.

* In Virginia, a Clarus Research poll shows Bob McDonnell extending on his earlier lead, and is now up by eight over Creigh Deeds (D), 49% to 41%.

* Speaking of Deeds, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful’s campaign is running a new ad in Northern Virginia, touting its endorsement from the Washington Post.

* In the latest sign of a right-wing lawmaker bucking the requests of the party establishment, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has thrown his support to former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) in next year’s Senate race, despite NRSC backing for Charlie Crist (R).

* A new Rasmussen poll in Illinois shows Rep. Mark Kirk (R) and Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) tied in a hypothetical match-up, 41% each. Kirk leads the other Democratic candidates.

* Florida Republicans have found a credible challenger for Rep. Alan Grayson (D), but it will require a significant change of address. Ken Miller had already announced that he was taking on Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.), but has now decided to move so that he can run against Grayson.

* In Pennsylvania, Connecticut’s Ned Lamont endorsed Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D) Senate campaign yesterday.

* And in South Carolina, attorney Chad McGowan (D) announced that he wants to take on Sen. Jim DeMint (R) next year. McGowan, who has not sought public office before, will face Mike Ruckes and Gary M. Stephens in a Democratic primary. DeMint is heavily favored to win re-election.