Friday’s campaign round-up

FRIDAY’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 Nevada’s U.S. Senate race, Sharron Angle (R) backers are distributing flyers to Nevada seniors telling them their “lifespan will depend” on how they vote on Tuesday. Demagoguery doesn’t get much more odious than this.

* On a related note, Angle leads Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in a new Mason-Dixon poll, 49% to 45%. It is the sixth consecutive poll to show the borderline-deranged candidate poised to win a U.S. Senate seat.

* In Wisconsin, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Russ Feingold (D) continuing to struggle badly, trailing right-wing businessman Ron Johnson (R) by nine points, 53% to 44%. The same poll shows Scott Walker (R) leading Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race over Tom Barrett (D) by the same margin.

* In Florida’s gubernatorial race, a new Mason-Dixon poll shows Alex Sink (D) narrowly leading Rick Scott (R), 46% to 43%.

* In California’s U.S. Senate race, a new Field Poll shows Barbara Boxer (D) leading Carly Fiorina (R), 49% to 41%.

* In an unexpected twist, Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois’ Democratic Senate candidate, has announced that he is only running positive campaign ads over the last seven days of the campaign. His opponent, Rep. Mark Kirk (R), appears to be doing the opposite.

* As the bizarre U.S. Senate race in Louisiana wraps up, much of the closing discussion is about Sen. David Vitter’s (R) background in hiring prostitutes, despite running on a “family-values” platform.

* In Delaware’s U.S. Senate race, Chris Coons (D) still leads Christine O’Donnell (R), but the margin varies by poll. A new Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind survey shows Coons up by 19 points, but a Monmouth University poll puts Coons’ lead at 10 points.

* While it looked for a while like the outcome of Texas’ gubernatorial race might be in doubt, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows incumbent Gov. Rick Perry (R) ahead of former Houston Mayor Bill White (D), 53% to 44%.

* In Michigan’s gubernatorial race, the latest Detroit News poll shows Rick Snyder (R) cruising past Virg Bernero (D), 53% to 35%.

* And in Massachusetts’s gubernatorial race, a new Suffolk University poll shows incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick (D) hanging on against Charlie Baker (R), 46% to 39%. Independent Tim Cahill is third with 8%.