Thursday’s campaign round-up

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:

* In Nevada, Sharron Angle (R) has decided not to run in the upcoming House special election, much to the relief of the state Republican Party that wishes she would just go away.

* American Action Network, a far-right attack operation that tried to help buy the 2010 midterms for Republicans, claims to be a “grassroots” organization. It’s entire budget is financed by 11 rich conservatives.

* There are growing signs that former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) may run for president after all. The renewed p.r. push includes a feature-length movie about her. (thanks to reader W.G.)

* In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) approval rating is down to 43%, and 50% support recalling him before the end of his first term. In hypothetical match-ups, Walker would trail former Sen. Russ Feingold and his 2010 opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

* In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich’s (R) approval rating is down to a dismal 33%. If voters had it to do over again, they’d back former Gov. Ted Strickland (D), who lost to Kasich in November, by a 25-point margin.

* In Florida, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Sen. Bill Nelson (D) with big leads over his lesser-known Republican rivals. Nelson also enjoys a 51% approval rating.

* The same poll, by the way, found President Obama’s approval rating in Florida up seven points, to 51%.

* In Indiana, state Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson announced this week she won’t take on former state House Speaker John Gregg in a Democratic gubernatorial primary.

* And New York’s 1st congressional district was one of the closest contests of 2010. Randy Altschuler (R), who came up short against Rep. Tim Bishop (D), will apparently seek a rematch.

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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.