Friday’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:

* After months of saying he would not run for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced this morning that he will think about a national campaign after all. Perry said he’d make a decision after the Texas legislature adjourns for the year.

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced yesterday she will declare her presidential plans at an event in Iowa in June. “We are starting the effort,” Bachmann told reporters last night.

* On a related note, Bachmann may enjoy right-wing support, but her operation hasn’t quite mastered the art of the money-bomb. This week, she held a money-bomb fundraising event entitled, “Make Barack Obama a One-Term President,” with the goal of raising $240,000 in 24 hours. Bachmann didn’t come close to reaching the fundraising target.

* Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told reporters yesterday that the House of Representatives “is in play” in 2012. Dems would need a net gain of 25 seats next November to reclaim the majority.

* In a pre-announcement announcement — whatever the hell that is — former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said he’ll launch his presidential campaign on June 6 in Western Pennsylvania.

* In Nevada, Jill Derby (D) has dropped her campaign in the 2nd district’s upcoming special election, in the hopes that it will boost state Treasurer Kate Marshall’s (D) chances.

* And in Nebraska’s Republican Senate primary, state Treasurer Don Stenberg appears to be generating the most support from the far-right, which made Mike Huckabee’s endorsement all the more important for state Attorney General Jon Bruning.

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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.