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:
* Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) had hoped to get a ruling from the state Supreme Court to rule so that her re-election win could be certified. That now appears unlikely.
* The latest census numbers clearly give some additional power to traditionally “red” states, but Christopher Beam emphasizes the bigger picture: “When we talk about population growth in the United States, we’re almost invariably talking about a group that votes Democratic.”
* In Florida, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) with solid leads over his potential GOP challengers in 2012, with margins ranging from 8 to 16 points. The exception, however, is former Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who leads Nelson in a hypothetical match-up, 49% to 44%.
* On a related note, PPP also found President Obama leading the Republican field in the Sunshine State, though by modest margins. Obama fares worst against Mitt Romney, who trails by two in a hypothetical match-up, and fares best against Sarah Palin, who’s behind by 14 points.
* In Indiana, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (R) announced this week she would not run for governor in 2012, increasing speculation about Rep. Mike Pence’s (R) possible entry into the race.
* Charlie Baker (R) just lost Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race last month, but he’s already being pressured to try again in 2014. Both the chair of Massachusetts Republican Party and the state House Minority Leader are urging Baker to give it another shot, perhaps reflecting the weakness of the GOP bench in the Bay State.
* For the record, I continue to find any speculation about another Rudy Giuliani (R) presidential campaign to be hopelessly silly.