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 the last batch of polls in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race, SurveyUSA has Chris Christie (R) leading Gov. Jon Corzine (D) by three (45% to 42%); Democracy Corps has Corzine leading Christie by four (41% to 37%); and Monmouth has Corzine up by two (43% to 41%).

* In New York’s 23rd, Rush Limbaugh said Republican Dede Scozzafava is “guilty of widespread bestiality. She has screwed every RINO in the country.” Bill Owens denounced the attack; Doug Hoffman didn’t.

* Hoffman not only doesn’t live in the district he hopes to represent, but 95% of his contributions have come from outside New York’s 23rd. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that kind of ratio for a House candidate.

* In Illinois, former state Attorney General Jim Ryan (R) is joining a crowded Republican gubernatorial field. Jim Ryan is not related to former Illinois Gov. George Ryan (R), who is now a convicted felon.

* Speaking of Illinois, state Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias (D) has a new poll showing him leading Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) by three points, 46% to 43%, in a hypothetical match-up.

* A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry leading Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in their Republican gubernatorial primary, 42% to 30%. The same poll shows no favorite among Texas Democrats.

* And in 2012, right-wing Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa hasn’t ruled out a presidential bid. “[W]e’ll see what happens, but I’m making no plans to run for president,” King told the NBC affiliated in Des Moines. “I didn’t make any plans to run for Congress either, and so — I’ve long surpassed my personal aspirations, and I just count it as a blessing to be able to engage in this debate.”