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.

* In Nevada, Rasmussen shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) trailing all of his Republican challengers in hypothetical match-ups, in margins ranging from 7 to 15 points.

* In Pennsylvania, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) leading Sen. Arlen Specter (D) by three, 46% to 43%. Toomey leads Specter’s primary opponent, Rep. Joe Sestak (D) by six.

* We learned this week about former Rep. John Kasich, Ohio’s Republican gubernatorial hopeful, benefited from a lucrative compensation package from Lehman Brothers as it collapsed in 2008. Yesterday, incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland (D) called on Kasich to release his income tax returns.

* In Indiana, corporate lobbyist Dan Coats is making opposition to cap-and-trade part of his Republican Senate campaign. In 2008, however, Coats lobbied in support of cap-and-trade on behalf of one of his clients.

* With Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) distancing herself from labor unions in her re-election bid, the Communications Workers of America is launching a new TV ad, blasting Lincoln over her ties to “Washington special interests.”

* Now that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is distancing himself from his “maverick” label, his primary challenger, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), is pouncing. “If you’re scoring at home, how many reversals is this?” Hayworth said. “He’s moving away from legislative reversals into branding reversals. It’s the new John McCain, non-maverick edition, for the Arizona Senate election.”

* Speaking of Arizona, the DSCC was disappointed to learn that attorney and businesswoman Nan Stockholm Walden has decided not to run for the Senate this year.

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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.