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:

* The latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows Democrats with the edge on the congressional generic-ballot question, with Dems leading Republicans by four, 49% to 45%.

* The same USA Today/Gallup poll shows Mitt Romney leading the Republican presidential field with 24% support, followed by Rick Perry at 17%. Ron Paul is third with 14% and Michele Bachmann has slipped to fourth at 13%. No other candidate is in double digits.

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will reportedly make his presidential plans clear on Saturday, during visits to South Carolina and New Hampshire. With the timing of his announcement, Perry likely intends to overshadow the results of the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.

* Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is “welcoming” Perry to the race by slamming the governor’s federalist position on marriage equality, which Perry abandoned last week.

* As voting continues in Wisconsin’s recall elections today, ThinkProgress has a closer look at the six Republicans whose careers are on the line today.

* Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty has absolutely no idea what the Fed’s quantitative easing policy is all about, but that doesn’t stop him from pretending to understand the issue and talking to voters about it.

* With his campaign struggling badly, Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is bringing in Tom Ingram, a longtime aide to Lamar Alexander, as a “fixer” to get back on track.

* In Nevada, the latest polling from Public Policy Polling shows President Obama leading the GOP field, in margins ranging from one point (vs. Romney) to 10 points (vs. Bachmann).

* At a campaign stop in Iowa, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said the media is to blame for his poor fundraising.

* And in North Dakota, Rep. Rick Berg’s (R) U.S. Senate campaign got a little trickier yesterday after perennial candidate Duane Sand announced he would take on Berg in a GOP primary.

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.