Wednesday’s campaign round-up

WEDNESDAY’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.

* Georgia held a special election runoff yesterday, and elected Tom Graves (R) to fill the remainder of former Rep. Nathan Deal’s (R) term. The House Republican caucus will now be back at 178 members.

* In case she has any doubts, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) shouldn’t count on any union support in November.

* While the Republican Governors Association was officially neutral going into the party’s South Carolina gubernatorial primary, the RGA is now backing state Rep. Nikki Haley, and subtly urged Rep. Gresham Barrett to quit before their runoff.

* In Florida, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. Charlie Crist (I) leading the three-way Senate race with 37% support. Marco Rubio (R) is a close second with 33%, followed by Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) in third with 17%.

* Kentucky’s Rand Paul, the Republican Senate candidate, has decided to start talking to the national media again, but, at least for now, will only speak to the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Channel. I wonder why that is.

* Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) reiterated yesterday that he may yet endorse wrestling executive Linda McMahon (R) in this year’s Senate race in Connecticut. “I’m not ready to make a choice,” Lieberman told reporters yesterday.

* Alabama election officials concluded yesterday that businessman Tim James just missed the Republicans’ gubernatorial runoff, falling just 167 votes shy. James will apparently seek a recount, even though he’d have to pay for it out of his own pocket.

* Former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) wanted to make a comeback, but came in third yesterday in a GOP primary.

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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.