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:

* At this point in the Republican presidential race, Mitt Romney leads in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, and as of this morning, in South Carolina. A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Romney out in front with 27%, followed by Sarah Palin at 18%, and Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain tied for third with 12% each.

* In a bit of a surprise, Ed Rollins, a top Republican political strategist who used to work for Mike Huckabee, has signed on with Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) unannounced presidential campaign.

* On a related note, now that Rollins is on Bachmann’s team, it’s interestng that he said this earlier today about Sarah Palin: “Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years. She got the Vice Presidential thing handed to her, she didn’t go to work in the sense of trying to gain more substance.”

* Former Sen. George Allen (R) of Virginia, trying to make a comeback next year, is now sorry about the whole “macaca” thing. He told a small crowd at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s recent gathering, “I never should have singled out that young man working for my opponent calling him a name.” Earlier this year, Allen was still denying having done anything wrong.

* Romney thinks a Palin presidential campaign would be “the best thing that could happen to me.” He’s probably correct.

* The Club for Growth, an influential right-wing outfit, has released a new white paper on Romney, criticizing his record from his one term as Massachusetts’ governor.

* Herman Cain said yesterday he would consider allowing gay people to serve in his cabinet, because gays wouldn’t impose Sharia law on anyone.

* And in Maryland, Daniel Bongino, a former U.S. Secret Service agent who was part of President Obama’s protective detail, will apparently run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican.

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.