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.

* In Nevada, Rasmussen found three weeks ago that former state Rep. Sharron Angle (R) led Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) by seven, 48% to 41%. The pollster now finds Angle up by three, 46% to 43%.

* A new Reuters/Ipsos poll in Florida shows Gov. Charlie Crist (I) leading this year’s Senate race with 35% support, followed by Marco Rubio (R) at 28%, and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) with 17%.

* Speaking of Florida, the same poll shows state CFO Alex Sink (D) narrowly leading state AG Bill McCollum (R) in this year’s gubernatorial race, 31% to 30%. But when Sink faces off against disgraced former health care executive Rick Scott (R), the right-wing candidate leads by three, 34% to 31%.

* In Pennsylvania, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Rep. Joe Sestak (D) and former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) tied in this year’s Senate race, with each garnering 43% support. In April, the same pollster showed Toomey ahead by eight.

* While one recent poll showed fired HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R) ahead of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) in the Senate race in California, a new Rasmussen poll shows the incumbent up by seven, 49% to 42%.

* Alabama held its GOP gubernatorial runoff yesterday, and as expected, State Rep. Robert Bentley (R) won the party’s nod, despite establishment support for former college chancellor Bradley Byrne.

* Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) had plenty of credible primary challengers this year, but they’re quickly dropping out. The latest is NRA board member Buz Mills, who ended his campaign yesterday.

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is shedding key staffers without explanation. This week, the chief of staff in her House office and the finance director for her re-election campaign resigned unexpectedly. The deranged lawmaker is nevertheless leading in a recent poll.

* And in more Florida news, Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene (D) lost his campaign manager yesterday, when Josh Morrow quit after just two months on the job.

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