Wednesday’s campaign round-up

WEDNESDAY’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.

* Yesterday’s least successful Democratic candidate, Virginia’s Creigh Deeds, was also the least progressive Democratic candidate.

* Anthony Foxx was elected mayor yesterday of Charlotte, N.C. He’ll be the city’s first Democratic mayor in a quarter-century.

* Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), the leading candidate to succeed Ted Kennedy in the Senate, launched her first television ad of the campaign yesterday. The Democratic primary is Dec. 8.

* Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, best known in political circles for being an awkward McCain/Palin surrogate throughout last year’s presidential campaign, formally launched her U.S. Senate campaign in California today. Fiorina, a Republican, hopes to take on incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), but will first face far-right state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R) in a primary.

* In Florida, state Sen. Paula Dockery (R) kicked off her gubernatorial campaign yesterday and will face state Attorney General Bill McCollum in a Republican primary. The winner will face state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D), who does not face a primary challenger.

* Speaking of Florida, Senate hopeful Marco Rubio’s fundraising website features a homepage with a single image: President Obama with Charlie Crist.

* And in Kentucky, the Republican establishment has rallied behind Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s (R) Senate campaign, but a new poll shows him trailing in a GOP primary against ophthalmologist and first-time candidate Rand Paul, 35% to 32%. Paul is best known for being the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R).