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.

* How engaged is the GOP’s far-right base in the special election in Massachusetts? Senate hopeful Scott Brown (R) raised more than $1.3 million in a single day, all online.

* In the meantime, an internal poll shows Martha Coakley (D) leading Brown by 15 points. (That Dems even felt it necessary to leak the internal numbers suggests they’re feeling the heat.)

* Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D) noted today that he is “strongly considering running for the United States Senate” in New York. In preparation, the center-right Tennessean hopes to reinvent himself as a center-left New Yorker — Ford voted in 2006 for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, but now claims to support gay marriage.

* The White House is making it clear that it’s opposed to Ford’s possible primary campaign against appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D).

* As for Republicans and the Senate race in the Empire State, former Rep. Susan Molinari (R) had expressed interest in a possible campaign, but announced yesterday that she’s skipping the race.

* By all appearances, former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman (D) is struggling in his Senate race this year, but his primary campaign may get a boost after endorsements from both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times today.

* In Colorado, the White House has also signaled its favorite in the race to replace retiring Gov. Bill Ritter (D). Word leaked out that President Obama personally called Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) on Friday to “encourage” him to run.

* Things keep getting worse for Gov. Charlie Crist (R) in Florida — he lost a Senate straw poll in his hometown by a nearly two-to-one margin.

* In Oklahoma, Rep. Ban Boren, one of the most conservative Democrats on the Hill, hopes his party loses seats in the midterm elections, because he believes it will give him more power in 2011.

* And also in Oklahoma, Rep. Mary Fallin (R) appears to be the prohibitive favorite to win the state’s open gubernatorial race in November.