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:

* Mitt Romney raised $18.25 million in his first quarter as an announced presidential candidate. That’s less than expected, and far short of his first quarter in 2007, but it’s still more than quadruple his next closest GOP rival.

* In New Hampshire, a new WMUR Granite State Poll shows Romney cruising in the Republican presidential primary with 35% support. Michele Bachmann is second with 12%, and no other candidate is in double digits.

* In the same poll, by the way, Jon Huntsman is tied for sixth with 2%. This actually shows a drop in support for the former Utah governor, despite a heavy recent push in New Hampshire.

* A “Super PAC” organized by Romney allies collected $12 million in the first six months of 2011. It’s a reminder that the other GOP candidates will find it very difficult to keep up with Romney financially.

* With recall elections coming up in Wisconsin, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is bringing national resources to the Badger State, in the hopes of helping Dems win back the state Senate.

* Despite some reports to the contrary in recent weeks, President Obama enjoys “strong, steady support from Jewish Americans.”

* As if he didn’t have enough trouble, Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign is now in debt.

* Tim Pawlenty got a bit of a boost in Iowa yesterday, when Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter and top political adviser to Mike Huckabee, joined the former Minnesota governor’s campaign.

* And in Nevada, the state Supreme Court yesterday overturned a ruling from the Nevada’s Secretary of State’s office, regarding the upcoming special election in the 2nd congressional district. Whereas the race was going to be a free-for-all, with multiple candidates from multiple parties, the race to replace now-Sen. Dean Heller (R) will now feature major party nominees.