Thursday’s campaign round-up

THURSDAY’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.

* British voters head to the polls today.

* Gallup’s latest poll shows Republicans holding onto their edge over Democrats on voter enthusiasm, but the margin is getting smaller.

* Despite the concerns of Democratic Party leaders that he campaign will help Republicans, Hawaii’s Colleen Hanabusa (D) said yesterday she will not drop out of the upcoming congressional special election.

* On Monday, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said he didn’t intend to endorse Rand Paul in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary. On Wednesday, DeMint endorsed Paul anyway.

* On a related note, a new poll in Kentucky shows Paul leading Secretary of State Trey Grayson by 12, 44% to 32%.

* Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) has struggled at times in his Senate campaign, but Rasmussen nevertheless shows him with big leads over his potential GOP rivals.

* Mocking Carly Fiorina’s (R) bizarre Senate campaign ads in California, the DSCC is doubling down on the “demon sheep” humor.

* Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) voted with Republicans against health care reform, so local labor groups are following through on their promises to withhold support for his re-election campaign.

* And in Pennsylvania, with two weeks to go before the Democratic Senate primary, Rep. Joe Sestak is going after Sen. Arlen Specter on the incumbent’s biggest vulnerability: his associations with George W. Bush, Rick Santorum, and Sarah Palin.

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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.