THURSDAY’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 Wisconsin, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg appears to have won a narrow victory over Judge David Prosser in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court justice election. With all precincts reporting, Kloppenburg came out on top by 204 votes and declared victory. Though officially non-partisan, Kloppenburg’s apparent win is seen as a huge victory for Wisconsin Democrats, with Prosser enjoying considerable GOP support.
* On a related note, it’s worth mentioning that Prosser is seeking a recount. Despite trailing in the final vote tally, the Republican judge has begun raising money from supporters, saying he needs help “in preserving a victory.”
* Because politics often doesn’t make sense, Sen. Scott Brown (R) appears to be cruising in his 2012 re-election bid. A new Suffolk University poll shows him leading all likely Democratic challengers by at least 15 points. The closest competitor, former Rep. Joe Kennedy (D), trails by five, and Kennedy has already said he’s not running.
* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that she’s qualified to be president: “I have a very broad, extensive background. I’m a student of many years. I’ve studied a number of, a wide berth of topics. I sit currently on the Intelligence Committee. We deal with the classified secrets and with the unrest that’s occurring around the world. I also sit on Financial Services Committee. But again, I’ve lived life.”
* In Mississippi, Sen. Roger Wicker (R) will seek re-election next year, and apparently isn’t the least bit vulnerable. A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows the incumbent leading potential Democratic challengers by wide margins.
* The Obama administration’s ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, will be making his first visit to New Hampshire next month, delivering a commencement speech at Southern New Hampshire University. Huntsman is reportedly planning to run for president as a Republican.
* The finance chair of the California Republican Party quit this week, complaining that the party only wants to speak to “30% of the state.” (thanks to R.B. for the tip)
* And in Iowa, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign is off to an unfortunate start, after a paid, full-time staffer got drunk and tried to break into a family’s home in the middle of the night. Pawlenty has placed the staffer, Benjamin Foster, on a two-week unpaid suspension. (thanks to a different R.B. for the tip)