Friday’s campaign round-up

FRIDAY’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.

* For the second consecutive month, the Republican National Committee’s monthly fundraising total fell far short of expectations. In September, the RNC pulled in $9.7 million. The goal was $13.5 million.

* Speaking of fundraising, the Democratic Governors Association broke its own record in the third quarter of 2010, thanks in large part to the backlash against News Corp’s support for the Republican Governors Association.

* Can anyone say with any confidence exactly which state U.S. Senate candidate John Raese (R) actually lives in? It’s surprisingly difficult to figure out.

* In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, a new Mason-Dixon poll shows Marco Rubio (R) leading Gov. Charlie Crist (I) by 15 points, 42% to 27%, with Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) third at 21%.

* In Ohio, the latest Suffolk University poll shows former Rep. John Kasich (R) with a modest lead over incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland (D), 46% to 42%. The Senate race appears less competitive, with Rob Portman (R) leading Lee Fisher (D), 47% to 37%.

* While a recent Quinnipiac poll showed a competitive U.S. Senate race in New York, the pollster’s newest release found Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) leading Joe DioGuardi (R), 55% to 34%. The same poll shows Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) leading his GOP challenger by 31 points.

* In Colorado’s gubernatorial race, the latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper leading a three-way contest with 47% support. Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, running on a third-party ticket, is second with 33%, followed by Dan Maes (R) at 13%.

* Dem hopes in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race appear to have faded entirely. The latest EPIC/MRA poll shows corporate lobbyist Dan Coats (R) leading Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D), 51% to 33%.

* And in one of the toughest DCCC ads of the year, the campaign committee reminds voters in Massachusetts’ 10th about Republican candidate Jeff Perry and his role as “the supervising officer of a cop in Wareham, Scott Flanagan, who at least twice in the mid-1990s conducted illegal strip searches of female teenage suspects.”

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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.