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:

* Former White House chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel won Chicago’s mayoral race yesterday, cruising to a fairly easy victory.

* Speaking of mayoral races, voters in Kansas City, Mo., ousted incumbent Mayor Mark Funkhouser yesterday. He’s the first K.C. mayor in more than 80 years to be denied a second term.

* The right-wing American Crossroads GPS, created in part by Karl Rove, is launching radio ads targeting 22 House Democrats. The attack: these Dems aren’t doing enough to support brutal, job-killing spending cuts.

* The NRSC has high expectations in the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in Missouri next year, but so far, high-profile candidates are skipping the contest. Yesterday, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R) said she, too, isn’t going to run in the statewide contest.

* The GOP primary in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race is getting a little crowded. Virginia Beach attorney David McCormick is the latest to launch a campaign in the commonwealth.

* At an event in Nevada yesterday, scandal-plagued Sen. John Ensign (R) was asked by an elderly constituent, “Have you repented to God for your affair?” He said he has.

* On a related note, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is getting increasingly optimistic about the party’s chances against Ensign, and committee officials have lined up meetings with a series of prospective candidates, including Rep. Shelley Berkley (D).

* Republicans probably shouldn’t invest too heavily against Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) in Rhode Island next year — a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows him looking very strong.

* And in case there were any lingering doubts about his intentions, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) was in Iowa this week, meeting with Iowa’s governor and other state GOP leaders.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.