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:

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will stop being coy tomorrow and will officially kick off his presidential campaign. He’ll reportedly make the announcement in South Carolina, but will also visit New Hampshire and Iowa over the weekend.

* If Tim Pawlenty fares poorly in the Ames Straw Poll tomorrow, he conceded this morning he’ll have to “reassess” the direction of his campaign.

* Elizabeth Warren looks increasingly like a U.S. Senate candidate in Massachusetts, and has reportedly begun working with two former top advisers to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) about a statewide campaign.

* On a generic congressional ballot, a new Gallup poll shows Democrats leading Republicans, 51% to 44%. It’s the biggest leads Dems have had in about three years.

* On a related note, Public Policy Polling also shows Democrats with a seven-point lead on the generic-ballot question, 47% to 40%.

* In North Carolina, PPP shows President Obama leading all of his top Republican presidential challengers, by margins ranging from three points (vs. Romney) to 13 points (vs. Cain and Palin).

* In Colorado, PPP also shows the president leading the top GOP contenders, by margins ranging from seven points (vs. Romney) to 16 points (vs. Cain and Palin).

* In the upcoming special election in New York’s 9th congressional district, Republican Bob Turner is running ugly new attack ads, targeting Democrat David Weprin over his support for Muslim Americans’ rights to build a community center a few blocks from Ground Zero.

* With Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) struggling, state GOP officials are wondering if they have a credible gubernatorial candidate for next year.

* And in Kentucky, Republican gubernatorial nominee David Williams’ campaign manager has resigned, which generally isn’t a good sign three months before Election Day.