Monday’s campaign round-up

MONDAY’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 Florida, disgraced former health care executive Rick Scott’s (R) gubernatorial campaign is running into something of a “paradox.” He wants to tout “his stature and experience as the get-things-done CEO of what was once the nation’s largest for-profit healthcare company, while also trying to distance himself from Columbia/HCA’s notorious legacy of fraud.”

* While there are competing results out of North Carolina’s Senate race, SurveyUSA shows incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R) leading Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D) by 10 points, 50% to 40%.

* In Massachusetts, the latest Boston Globe poll shows Gov. Deval Patrick (D) leading in a three-way race with 38% support. Charles Baker (R) is second with 31%, followed by Timothy Cahill (I) trailing with 9%.

* It’s Rasmussen, so take the results with a grain of salt, but the pollster shows Sen. Patty Murray (D) tied with former state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) in the state of Washington, with both candidates at 47%.

* In South Carolina, Rasmussen shows Nikki Haley (R) leading Vincent Sheheen (D) in this year’s gubernatorial race, 52% to 40%.

* Speaking of South Carolina, apparent Senate candidate Alvin Greene (D) is facing an ongoing criminal investigation. It’s not clear if he can afford an attorney.

* I don’t imagine he’s happy about it, but Sen. John McCain has agreed to debate former Rep. J.D. Hayworth twice in advance of Arizona’s Republican Senate primary.

* Rep. Larry Kissell’s (D-N.C.) re-election prospects improved late last week when former Democratic congressional staffer Wendell Fant announced he will not run as an independent in the district.

* And in 2012 news, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a Fox News personality, apparently considers himself the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.

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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.