Wednesday’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:

* A new Suffolk poll was released overnight, showing the Republican presidential hopefuls’ standing in New Hampshire. Mitt Romney continues to cruise with 36% support, but Michele Bachmann saw a big jump is now second at 11%. Ron Paul is third with 8%, and no other candidate topped 5%.

* Bachmann’s former chief of staff announced yesterday that the congresswoman is unqualified to be president, and he endorsed Tim Pawlenty’s campaign.

* A new Gallup poll found that Jon Huntsman’s support among Republican voters actually went down, not up, after he launched his presidential campaign.

* Sarah Palin caused a stir yesterday with an appearance in Iowa. She said she’s “still contemplating” whether to run for president.

* Speaking of Palin, the former half-term governor trails President Obama in a head-to-head match-up by six points — in Alaska.

* Bachmann has been using Tom Petty’s “American Girl” as a theme song at rallies. The musician isn’t happy about it, and is asking the campaign not to do it again.

* To the shock of political reporters who adore him, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) support keeps slipping. A new Bloomberg poll found that most voters in the state don’t intend to give him a second term.

* As every presidential candidate is apparently obligated to do, Herman Cain will publish a book, which is scheduled to be released in October. The memoir will be called, “Who Is Herman Cain?”

* And in Minnesota, Lynne Torgerson has announced she intends to take on Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) because, as she sees it, he’s a “radical Islamist.”

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