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:

* House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) believes Democrats “have a very good chance of winning the House” majority in the 2012 elections. She also noted that Republicans hold 63 seats President Obama carried in ’08 and if Dems win 24 of them next year, she’ll be Speaker again.

* In advance of the upcoming recall elections in Wisconsin, it appears state Republicans have already considered election shenanigans to tilt the scales in the GOP’s favor.

* In Ohio, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) leading all of his likely Republican challengers by margins ranging from 17 to 21 points.

* Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) said this morning that he’s considering running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin next year, and will announce his plans by Labor Day.

* In Florida, state Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R), currently running for the U.S. Senate, appeared on a radio talk show this week and was pressed on whether he’d support Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget plan. After refusing to give a straight answer 10 times, the host hung up on him.

* Texas Republicans have unveiled their post-Census redistricting map. It’s ridiculous enough to give gerrymandering a bad name.

* A former KKK organizer is running for Congress in Montana as a Republican. The candidate, John Abarr, insists he no longer does organizing for the radical hate group, but is still on the KKK’s mailing list.

* Fox News announced yesterday that as of “right now,” there is “no change” in Sarah Palin’s status with the network.

* And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) has withdrawn from presidential contention, but if his party’s eventual nominee needs a running mate, he’s open to the possibility.