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.

* It’s Election Day in Florida’s 19th congressional district, where voters will elect a new House member to replace former Rep. Robert Wexler (D).

* Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) have a combined $20 million in their campaign coffers. Since all three are retiring, their party wants that money.

* New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) has not yet announced whether he’ll run for governor, but a new Quinnipiac poll shows him with considerable leads over the top GOP candidates.

* On a related note, the same poll shows Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) easily defeating Bruce Blakeman (R), but trailing former Gov. George Pataki (R), who has not yet announced his 2010 plans.

* In Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist’s (R) Senate campaign has a tough new ad airing this week, connecting Marco Rubio to in-state corruption.

* The latest SurveyUSA poll in Kentucky shows state Attorney General Jack Conway closing the gap against Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo in the Democratic Senate primary, while Rand Paul leads Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the Republican primary, 45% to 30%.

* Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign unveiled a new web video yesterday mocking primary challenger J.D. Hayworth as something of a lunatic.

* Former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will be in Boston tomorrow for another right-wing Tea Party event. Organizers encouraged Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to attend, but he declined.

* Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) thinks Republicans have the “momentum” in the 2010 elections — and he considers that great news.

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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.