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:
* In the final two state Senate recall elections in Wisconsin, the Democratic incumbents cruised to easy, double-digit victories. All told, all three Dems won their recall races this year, while four of the six Republicans also got to keep their jobs. The result: the GOP majority in the chamber has slipped from 19-14 to 17-16.
* Speaking of Wisconsin, public support for recalling Gov. Scott Walker (R) appears to be slipping a bit. Public Policy Polling found that 50% of Wisconsin voters generally oppose a recall, while 47% support it. In May, those numbers were reversed.
* Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s economic vision includes laying off more federal employees, presumably making unemployment worse on purpose, at least for a while.
* Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul argued yesterday major media outlets are “frightened” of his presidential campaign, which is why he’s generally treated as an afterthought.
* In Massachusetts, Sen. Scott Brown (R) is apparently starting to worry about a challenge from Elizabeth Warren. A new fundraising appeal from the Republican senator not only includes a desperate plea, it also slams Warren for having been raised in Oklahoma.
* On a related note, Warren has reportedly begun attending house parties in the Boston area, apparently as part of an effort to lay the groundwork for a Democratic Senate campaign.
* Though South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has been rumored as a possible VP candidate next year, the Republican governor ruled it out this morning. “It’s not something I’m interested in,” Haley told Laura Ingraham. “We need someone on this ticket who is ready.”
* Just in time to celebrate his wedding anniversary, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is headed for Hawaii next week. This guy sure does like going on vacation, doesn’t he?
* And if Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is counting on support from her fellow congressional Republicans from Minnesota, she’s likely to be disappointed: at this point, no one from her delegation has endorsed her.