Tuesday’s campaign round-up

TUESDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP…. Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Though some recent polling showed a more competitive U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Rand Paul (R) leading Jack Conway (D) by an even greater margin, 53% to 40%.

* In Ohio’s gubernatorial race, John Kasich (R) refused to participate in an NPR debate yesterday after learning, 15 minutes beforehand, that listeners would be able to submit questions. Nevertheless, a Quinnipiac poll released this morning shows Kasich leading Gov. Ted Strickland (D), 49% to 43%,

* In Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Michael Bennet (D) and Ken Buck (R) tied at 47% each. PPP also has John Hickenlooper (D) leading in Colorado’s gubernatorial race, but only by three points over former Rep. Tom Tancredo (I), 47% to 44%.

* In West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Gov. Joe Manchin (D) with a slightly larger lead over John Raese (R), 50% to 44%.

* In Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, Joe Miller (R) has admitted to an ethics violation during his limited tenure with the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

* In Nevada’s U.S. Senate race, Sharron Angle (R) has now resorted to using decoys to hide from journalists.

* Some may think the U.S. Senate race in California is effectively over, but Republicans clearly don’t think so — the National Republican Senatorial Committee will run $3 million in television ads in California this week.

* In Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Richard Blumenthal (D) leading Linda McMahon (R), 54% to 42%, The same poll shows Dan Malloy (D) leading Tom Foley (R) in the gubernatorial race, 48% to 43%.

* In Illinois’ gubernatorial race, a new poll from the Chicago Tribune shows Bill Brady (R) with a narrow lead over Gov. Pat Quinn (D), 43% to 39%.

* And in Arizona, a new PPP poll for Daily Kos shows Gov. Jan Brewer (R) shaking off a horrific debate performance and rumors about her poor health, and leading Terry Goddard (D) by eight, 52% to 44%.

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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.