Thursday’s campaign round-up

THURSDAY’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:

* In a boost for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in bid in Alaska, the state Supreme Court ruled late yesterday that “voters can look at a list of certified write-in candidates when they go to the polls.” A lower court ruling had said the opposite.

* Speaking of Alaska, a new Hays Research poll, which some have raised legitimate questions about, shows extremist candidate Joe Miller (R) dropping to third place in the U.S. Senate race.

* In California’s gubernatorial race, a new Field Poll shows Jerry Brown (D) leading Meg Whitman (R) 49% to 39%. A month ago, they were tied. A new Time/CNN poll shows Brown with a smaller lead, 51% to 44%.

* In California’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Carly Fiorina was released from the hospital yesterday, and is expected to be on the campaign trail today. A new Time/CNN poll shows her trailing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), 50% to 45%.

* In Florida’s gubernatorial race, most recent polls show Rick Scott (R) with a modest lead, but a new Quinnipiac poll shows Alex Sink edging past Scott, 45% to 41%.

* In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Quinnipiac shows Marco Rubio out in front, but with a smaller lead over Gov. Charlie Crist (I), 42% to 35%. Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) is third with 15%.

* In Colorado, the new Time/CNN poll shows Ken Buck with the narrowest of leads over Sen. Michael Bennet in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 46%. The same poll shows John Hickenlooper (D) leading Colorado’s gubernatorial race over Tom Tancredo (I), 51% to 37%.

* In Nevada’s U.S. Senate race, the new Time/CNN poll shows Sharron Angle (R) leading Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), 49% to 45%.

* In Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, the new Time/CNN poll shows Rand Paul (R) leading Jack Conway (D), 50% to 45%.

* In Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, the new Time/CNN poll shows Pat Toomey (R) leading Joe Sestak (D), 49% to 45%.

* And in Delaware, the details are still hard to understand, but Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell (R) has threatened to sue a local radio station which recorded an interview with the candidate. O’Donnell’s campaign has threatened to “crush” the station if it aired the candidate’s remarks.

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