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 Kansas, Republican congressional candidate Mike Pompeo directed his supporters late last week to an online item calling his Democratic opponent, Raj Goyle, “just another ‘turban topper.’” The same piece said only Christians should hold public office. Pompeo’s campaign later apologized.
* Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D) Senate campaign in Pennsylvania got a boost today with an endorsement from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I).
* In Florida’s GOP gubernatorial primary, some recent polls showed Rick Scott falling behind Bill McCollum, but the latest Ipsos poll shows the disgraced former health care executive out in front, 42% to 32%.
* On a related note, the winner of the GOP primary will face Florida CFO Alex Sink (D), who has a new ad making fun for Scott and McCollum for their constant bickering.
* In Colorado, where Dan Maes managed to somehow win the Republican gubernatorial primary, some state GOP leaders still hope to convince him to just go away. It seems unlikely they’ll succeed.
* In Nevada, Brian Sandoval (R) continues to lead this year’s gubernatorial race over Rory Reid (D), with the latest Mason-Dixon poll showing him ahead, 52% to 36%.
* A number of Massachusetts Democrats hope to persuade Vicky Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, to challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R) when he seeks re-election. At this point, she seems unlikely to run.
* And if you’re inclined to believe Rasmussen, the pollster finds former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton (D) leading Minnesota’s gubernatorial race, topping state Rep. Tom Emmer (R), 45% to 36%.