Monday’s campaign round-up

MONDAY’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.

* In Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) continues to struggle in his re-election bid. The latest Rasmussen poll shows him trailing both of his Republican challengers by double digits. The poll did not, however, include a Tea Party candidate in the mix.

* It took a surprisingly long time, but Illinois state Sen. Bill Brady was finally declared the winner of the Republican gubernatorial primary. Brady, who will face Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November, ended up beating state Sen. Kirk Dillard by 193 votes.

* In Colorado, Rasmussen shows incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D) struggling against former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton (R). Bennet’s primary challenger, Andrew Romanoff, fares better.

* A new SurveyUSA poll in Kentucky shows Rand Paul (R) and Dan Mongiardo (D) leading their respective Senate primary campaigns.

* Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) appears to be moving closer to a rematch against Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

* Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) was rumored as a possible retirement, but he’s filed for re-election.

* Dan Kildee (D) has ended his gubernatorial campaign in Michigan.

* And in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is gearing up for a presidential campaign, but his constituents aren’t exactly impressed — Pawlenty’s approval rating has dropped to 42%.

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Steve Benen

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.