FRIDAY’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.
* More competing poll results in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race. A Democracy Corps poll shows Gov. Jon Corzine (D) leading Chris Christie (R), 42% to 39%, with independent Chris Daggett at 13%. A SurveyUSA poll, however, shows Christie leading Corzine, 41% to 39%, with Daggett at 19%.
* Christie is going with an endorsement from former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean (R) in one of the campaign’s last ads.
* Democratic Party leaders not only expect Creigh Deeds (D) to lose Virginia’s gubernatorial race, they’re starting to talk about his poor campaign strategy. “Obama, Kaine and others had drawn a road map to victory in Virginia,” one official said. “Deeds chose another path.”
* Deeds’ new ad in Southwest Virginia touts his opposition to “that cap and trade bill.”
* A new Research 2000 poll for Daily Kos in the closely watched special election in New York’s 23rd shows Democrat Bill Owens out in front with 35%. Republican Dede Scozzafava is second in the three-way contest with 30%, and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman is third with 23%.
* On a related note, Hoffman continues to pick up support for prominent right-wing leaders. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) threw her support to Hoffman on her Facebook page, joining Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Dick Armey, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh among far-right activists supporting the Conservative Party candidate over the Republican nominee.
* President Obama will be in Connecticut tonight, appearing at a fundraiser for Sen. Chris Dodd (D).
* And in New York City, with less than two weeks to go, a Marist College poll shows New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) leading Comptroller William Thompson (D), 52% to 36%.