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, the latest Mason-Dixon poll continues to show Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) struggling. In a hypothetical race between Reid, former Nevada state senator Sue Lowden (R), and Tea Party of Nevada candidate Scott Ashjian, Reid trails Lowden by eight.

* As if Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) needed more discouraging news, Rasmussen now shows him trailing Marco Rubio in their Senate primary by nearly 30 points, 57% to 28%.

* Adding insult to injury, Crist reported his first quarter fundraising totals late on Friday afternoon. In all likelihood, his campaign chose that time in the hopes that we wouldn’t notice he raised less than a third of Rubio’s total over the same period of time.

* The latest Morning Call/Muhlenberg College Poll in Pennsylvania shows former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) up by seven against Sen. Arlen Specter (D), 47% to 40%.

* In Ohio, the latest Research 2000 poll found Gov. Ted Strickland (D) leading former Rep. John Kasich (R) in this year’s gubernatorial race, 45% to 40%.

* On a related note, the same poll shows both Democratic Senate hopefuls in Ohio, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, leading former Bush Budget Director Rob Portman by narrow margins.

* Wrestling executive Linda McMahon’s Republican Senate campaign in Connecticut has been struggling, but a new steroids controversy will likely make matters worse.

* And Mitt Romney didn’t attend the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, but he nevertheless eked out a narrow win in its 2012 straw poll. Rep. Ron Paul was a close second, followed by Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.