Wednesday’s campaign round-up

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:

* Will the U.S. House majority be in play in 2012? Chris Cillizza takes a closer look at the latest report from Democracy Corps, a Democratic-aligned polling consortium, which says Dems could pick up the 25 seats they need to win back the majority.

* In Connecticut, the latest DailyKos/Public Policy Polling survey shows Rep. Chris Murphy with a slight edge over former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary. In the open-seat contest — Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) is retiring — either Dem looks very strong in the general election.

* In Ohio, Republicans have struggled to find a top-tier challenger to take on Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) next year. It now appears state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) is “likely” to run.

* Bill Kristol has long been a prominent backer of former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R), but he now believes she “probably shouldn’t be the Republican nominee for president.”

* In Nevada, failed Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R), now running for Congress, is poised to release a self-published autobiography, called, “Right Angle.”

* Rep. Jeff Flake (R) of Arizona has long been a champion of comprehensive immigration reform. Now that he’s running for the Senate, he’s reversed course and now opposes the same policy Flake has supported for years. In other words, he’s pulling a McCain.

* Mitt Romney hasn’t launched his presidential campaign yet, but yesterday, he picked up a congressional endorsement in a key early nominating contest. Rep. Joe Heck (R) of Nevada, who benefitted from Romney’s help last year, threw his support for the former Massachusetts governor.

* Reality television star Donald Trump, still moving forward with presidential campaign plans, will headline a major Republican dinner in Iowa this June.

* And Kansas City, Missouri, elected a new mayor yesterday, handing a surprise win to political newcomer Sly James in the non-partisan municipal election.

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Steve Benen

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.