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.

* With apparently no way to get Alvin Greene off the ballot as their Senate nominee, some South Carolina Dems have launched an effort to “put a more polished candidate on the ballot as an independent.” The preferred candidate appears to be former congressional candidate Linda Ketner.

* The DNC is kicking off a new voter turnout initiative, called “Raise Your Vote.”

* In Nevada, right-wing activists are leaning heavily on Tim Fasano, a third-party Senate candidate with the right-wing Independent American Party, to get out of Sharron Angle’s (R) way.

* Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) continues to invest heavily in her gubernatorial campaign in California. This week, she contributed another $20 million of her own money.

* Whitman is also reaching out to Latino voters, running Spanish-language ads criticizing Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, hoping the community wasn’t paying attention to Whitman’s message from the primary season.

* In Florida, state Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) has found himself struggling to win the GOP primary, thanks to Rick Scott’s (R) very aggressive advertising campaign. In a hard-hitting interview, McCollum said he’s “appalled” by Scott, and all but calls his rival a criminal.

* It’s a Rasmussen poll, so take the results with a grain of salt, but in Arkansas’ Senate race, the pollster finds Rep. John Boozman (R) crushing incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D), 61% to 32%.

* In Illinois’ gubernatorial race, a new Public Policy Polling survey shows Bill Brady (R) leading incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (D), 34% to 30%. The Republican lead is boosted by a Green Party candidate pulling 9% support.

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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.