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.

* Connecticut’s Ned Lamont (D) officially kicked off his gubernatorial campaign yesterday.

* New York Gov. David Paterson (D), undeterred by intense disapproval from voters and his party, is poised to officially launch his re-election campaign. He will likely face state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary.

* In California, a Rasmussen poll shows the gubernatorial race all tied up, with state Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) and Meg Whitman (R) with 43% each. Brown leads Whitman’s primary opponent, Steve Poizner, by 12.

* In case there were any lingering doubts, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) yesterday ruled out running for governor this year.

* Democratic chances of picking off Sen. Richard Burr (R) this year in North Carolina aren’t great, but they’re better than expected given the larger climate.

* Former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s daughter, Sarah Huckabee, has led the former presidential candidate’s political action committee. Yesterday, she left HuckPAC to become the campaign manager for Rep. John Boozman’s Senate campaign in Arkansas, suggesting Mike Huckabee might not be running for president in 2012.

* Former Vice President Dan Quayle’s son, Ben Quayle, is finding his congressional campaign in Arizona is getting off to a rough start. The 33-year-old attorney registered to vote when he turned 20, but has never cast a ballot in a local election. Quayle, who kicked off his House campaign late last week, conceded, “I haven’t been involved in politics.” (thanks to reader T.K. for the tip)