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 Louisiana, a new Public Policy Polling survey shows scandal-plagued Sen. David Vitter (R) leading Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) by nine, 46% to 37%. It’s as close as Melancon has been in any poll, and may be the result of Vitter’s support for the oil industry.

* Meg Whitman, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in California, reportedly pushed an employee in an executive conference room at eBay’s headquarters a few years ago. The former CEO paid a six-figure financial settlement.

* Alvin Greene’s Senate candidacy continues to be a source of fascination, especially since the candidate still can’t explain why he spent more than $10,000 on a filing fee. During a CNN appearance over the weekend, Don Lemon asked Greene if he was “mentally sound” and “impaired by anything” during the interview.

* As promised, right-wing activists are, at least for now, refusing to endorse state Sen. Robert Hurt (R), who won the GOP primary last week in Virginia’s 5th congressional district.

* Before the Alabama Republican gubernatorial runoff election, there will apparently be a recount, which is scheduled to begin today.

* Respecting a long-held tradition, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will not personally campaign against Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). [Update: It’s a tradition, by the way, that Bill Frist ignored by going after Tom Daschle in 2004.]

* And NPR released a poll this morning analyzing 70 key, competitive House districts. In the districts that voted Democratic in 2008, the GOP leads on a generic ballot, 47% to 42%. In the “red” districts, Republicans led 53% to 37%.