Friday’s campaign round-up

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.

* launched a fundraising campaign this week, collecting funds to be used against Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) in 2012. The initial goal was $400,000. In less than 48 hours, donations topped $1 million.

* The NRCC hopes to help House Republicans win a majority in next year’s midterms, but the campaign committee’s fundraising is surprisingly weak at this point.

* In Pennsylvania, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Sen. Arlen Specter looking unexpectedly strong in his Democratic primary race against Rep. Joe Sestak, with the incumbent senator now leading by 23 points, 53% to 30%. In a general election match-up against former Rep. Pat Toomey, the poll showed the candidates tied at 44% each.

* While a Rasmussen poll this week showed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist tied in his Republican Senate primary against former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, a new Zogby poll shows Crist up by nine, 45% to 36%.

* In California’s gubernatorial race, a new statewide poll shows former eBay CEO Meg Whitman leads the Republican field, but state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) leads all GOP candidates in hypothetical match-ups.

* President Obama has taken an interest in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race, and is signaling his support for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

* Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) continues to show an interest in challenging Sen. John McCain in a Republican primary next year, and was in D.C. yesterday for some meetings with possible supporters.

* Rand Paul’s Senate campaign in Kentucky suffered a humiliating setback yesterday, when his chief spokesperson, Christopher Hightower, had to resign. Hightower was shown to have posted “disturbing images” and a series of racist comments on his MySpace page.

* Don’t be too surprised if former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson (R), who’s something of a political gadfly, runs for president in 2012.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation