Tuesday’s campaign round-up

TUESDAY’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 New York, former Rep. Rick Lazio lost his Republican gubernatorial primary, but he was nevertheless the Conservative Party’s nominee. Yesterday, Lazio scrapped that campaign, presumably giving a boost to right-wing billionaire Carl Paladino’s (R) campaign.

* On a related note, Paladino has acknowledged having a daughter with a mistress under his employ, in addition to his children with his wife. Last year, he brought the other daughter and her mother on a trip to the Vatican with his wife’s permission.

* In Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race, a new Quinnipiac poll shows state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) leading right-wing wrestling executive Linda McMahon (R) by just three points, 49% to 46%.

* In Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, the latest Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll shows former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) leading Rep. Joe Sestak (D) by seven, 46% to 39%.

* In New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is investing the legal maximum in a coordinated campaign in support of former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R). The DSCC has not yet made a similar commitment to Rep. Paul Hodes’ (D) campaign.

* In Texas’s gubernatorial race, a poll from a consortium of Lone Star State newspapers shows incumbent Gov. Rick Perry (R) leading former Houston Mayor Bill White (D), 46% to 39%.

* In one of the two U.S. Senate races in New York, a new Marist poll shows Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) leading Joseph DioGuardi (R) by 11, 52% to 41%.

* Vice President Biden appeared at a New Hampshire fundraiser last night, and told a group of about 200 Democratic activists and donors that the party base really needs to “stop whining.”

* In related news, President Obama noted in a newly published interview, “It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election.”

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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.