THURSDAY’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.

* Connecticut’s Ned Lamont, the Democratic nominee for the Senate in 2006, announced yesterday that he’s setting up a gubernatorial exploratory committee.

* In Utah, state Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R) was planning to take on Sen. Bob Bennett (R) in a primary next year, but a personal tragedy led the challenger to drop his bid yesterday. While this is a break for Bennett, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) conceded that he has not yet ruled out a primary challenge of his own.

* Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who assumed the office after Janet Napolitano joined the Obama cabinet, will run next year for a full term. Given Brewer’s low approval ratings, she is widely perceived as vulnerable, and the Democratic establishment seems to be lining up to support state Attorney General Terry Goddard.

* Rep. Nathan Deal (R) is running for governor next year, and as part of his campaign, he’s reminding voters that he’s signed a letter to the White House, asking for a copy of President Obama’s birth certificate.

* Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) is thinking about running for governor next year, and received some encouragement yesterday during a private meeting with White House Political Director Patrick Gaspard.

* Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) was slated to be the keynote speaker for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party’s annual fund-raising dinner next week. Given her weak-to-wavering support for health care reform, local party leaders decided to pull the invitation.

* And in New Hampshire, Ted Gatsas was elected mayor of Manchester this week. Soon after, he received congratulatory calls from Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and George Pataki.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.