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.

* The Texas Farm Bureau has decided not to issue an endorsement in the state’s gubernatorial race, which wouldn’t be especially interesting, except it’s the first time in the bureau’s history it hasn’t backed the Republican candidate, signaling dissatisfaction with incumbent Gov. Rick Perry (R).

* In New York, a new Siena poll shows Andrew Cuomo (D) leading Carl Paladino (R) in the state’s gubernatorial race, 57% to 24%, and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D) leading Joe DioGuardi (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 57% to 31%.

* A new Quinnipiac poll, however, shows Gillibrand up by only six points against DioGuardi, 48% to 42%.

* In Delaware’s Senate race, Chris Coons (D) leads Christine O’Donnell (R) in a new Time/CNN poll, 55% to 39%.

* In Colorado’s Senate race, Ken Buck (R) leads appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D) in a new Time/CNN poll, 49% to 44%.

* In Wisconsin’s Senate race, Ron Johnson (R) leads Sen. Russ Feingold (D) in a new Time/CNN poll, 51% to 45%.

* In Pennsylvania’s Senate race, former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) leads Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in a new Time/CNN poll, 49% to 44%.

* In California’s gubernatorial race, a new Field Poll shows Jerry Brown (D) and Meg Whitman (R) tied at 41% each.

* In Arkansas, Rep. John Boozman (R) leads incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, 53% to 39%. The 14-point margin is actually slightly more competitive that several other recent polls.

* And the award for most detestable and offensive ad of the cycle so far goes to right-wing congressional candidate Renee Elmers (R), running in North Carolina, and basing her campaign on using the words “Muslims,” “they,” and “terrorists” interchangeably.

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