Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* The special election in New York’s 26th congressional district got a little more interesting yesterday, with the release of a new survey from Public Policy Polling, commissioned by Daily Kos. The poll found Democrat Kathy Hochul in the lead in the GOP district with 35%, followed by Jane Corwin (R) at 31% and Tea Partier Jack Davis at 24%.

* In Massachusetts, Newton Mayor Setti Warren (D) has jumped into the U.S. Senate race and hopes to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R) next year. Warren is an Iraq War veteran and the first African American to be elected mayor in Massachusetts.

* In Wisconsin, independent state reviews have verified the first two batches of recall petitions targeting Republican state senators. Next step: the recall elections themselves.

* With Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) soaring with a high approval rating, it’s likely he’ll be at or near the top of the list for 2012 running mates, no matter who wins the GOP nomination. McDonnell has already said he’d be interested in the gig.

* A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Donald Trump’s support among Republican voters collapsing quickly. After quickly rising to the top of the GOP presidential field, Trump’s standing has fallen from 26% to 8% in just four weeks.

* Mitt Romney is not expected to compete too hard in the Iowa caucuses, but he won’t ignore the state entirely, either. He’ll make his first trip to the Hawkeye State since launching an exploratory committee on May 27.

* And Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) still knows how to benefit from a money bomb: his latest tally from a three-day effort was more than $1 million.

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.