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.

* Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) got some good news today when a Quinnipiac poll showed him leading former Rep. John Kasich (R) by five, 44% to 39%.”There has been an improvement in voters’ views of Gov. Ted Strickland,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The movement is a few points, but it is consistent across a number of measures.”

* In Florida, a new Rasmussen poll shows Rep. Kendrick Meek (D), the likely Democratic candidate for the Senate this year, trailing both Republicans by wide margins.

* With Tea Party activist Jon Ashjian running for the Senate in Nevada, a new poll shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in a more competitive position against his GOP challengers.

* Religious right leader James Dobson threw his support to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) yesterday, further cementing Perry’s support with the GOP’s right-wing base.

* In related news, the latest survey from PPP shows Perry leading Texas’ Republican gubernatorial primary by nine points over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 40% to 31%. Tea Party activist Debra Medina has seen her support slip, and the poll shows her with 20%.

* Disappointing Republicans in Connecticut, former Rep. Chris Shays (R) announced yesterday that he will not run for governor this year.

* In Maryland, Eric Wargotz is running for the Republican Senate nomination. Wargotz proclaimed over the weekend that he does not believe President Obama “was born in the United States.”

* Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D) appears to have the inside edge among Democrats in Indiana’s Senate race, but Rep. Baron Hill (D) acknowledged yesterday he’s “open to the idea” of running for Senate.

* Former congressman and recently-released felon James Traficant has announced he’s leaving the Democratic Party to run for Congress in Ohio as an independent.