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:

* We don’t yet know when there will be a special election in New York’s 9th congressional district, but Nate Silver explains why the Democrat will go into the contest as the favorite and why Republicans should keep expectations low.

* On a related note, whoever wins Anthony Weiner’s seat shouldn’t get too comfortable in Washington — the district is likely to be eliminated as part of New York’s redistricting process.

* Mitt Romney campaigned in Florida, and when he wasn’t joking with the unemployed about not having a job, he was picking up endorsements from three Florida congressmen and an influential state senator.

* Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman had agreed to deliver a speech to the Republican Leadership Conference tonight in New Orleans, but he cancelled yesterday due to a bad cold. Huntsman’s wife and two daughters will attend in his place, but will not deliver a speech.

* Speaking of Huntsman, his support for civil unions is making him the favorite among gay Republicans, including GOProud.

* In Missouri, U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman is distancing herself from the House Republican plan to end Medicare, and even said yesterday she “doesn’t like the idea of vouchers.” Steelman refused to say, however, whether she would have voted for or against the plan.

* Leading Senate Democrats are still trying to recruit Elizabeth Warren to run for the Senate in Massachusetts next year. Warren, who’s overseeing the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, met again with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) this week, and hasn’t ruled out a campaign.

* Speaking of Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick’s (D) approval rating is up to 54%. He’s said he doesn’t intend to run for office again, but could Patrick be persuaded to give the Senate race a second look if Warren turns the party down?