WEDNESDAY’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:
* With Michael Steele announcing his desire to stay on as RNC chairman, some prominent Republican donors have warned they “will not raise money for the party if the controversial chairman wins another term.”
* On a related note, Politico tried to find a Republican senator willing to support Steele’s candidacy for another term at the RNC. It couldn’t find one.
* A federal judge said yesterday that, despite the ongoing wrangling in the unresolved U.S. Senate race in Alaska, voters should have a senator in place by the time the new Congress convenes next month.
* Just a month after running and winning as Democratic candidates, two members of the Texas state House have switched parties. Republicans now have a legislative supermajority.
* In Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will seek re-election in 2012, and according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey, Republicans hope to see unhinged Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) run against her. In a hypothetical match-up between the two, Klobuchar leads by 15 points.
* Speaking of PPP surveys, the pollster finds Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) struggling a bit in Ohio in advance of his 2012 re-election bid. In hypothetical match-ups against largely unknown GOP challengers, Brown leads, but by narrow margins.
* In Wisconsin, PPP shows Sen. Herb Kohl (D) looking pretty safe at this point, though he has not yet committed to running for re-election, and Sen. Russ Feingold (D) looked safe two years out, too.
* And in Connecticut, expect a fairly large field in the U.S. Senate race when Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I) seeks another term. The latest likely candidate is Rep. Joe Courtney (D), who said this week he’ll decide early next year about whether to run.