Thursday’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:

* In New Hampshire, the latest NH Journal poll, released yesterday, shows Mitt Romney leading the Republican presidential field with 36% support, followed by Rick Perry with 18%. Ron Paul was third with 14%, and Michele Bachmann fourth with 10%.

* Since every candidate apparently needs a Super PAC, three Bachmann supporters have formed Citizens for a Working America to collect unregulated donations in support of the right-wing Minnesotan. The Super PAC will be chaired by former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

* And speaking of Bachmann, her campaign’s point man for faith-based outreach faced terrorism charges in Uganda five years ago.

* Though some party officials hoped he’d consider the race, Tim Pawlenty announced yesterday that he will not take on Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) in 2012.

* The AFL-CIO’s political director said yesterday that unions will stand by President Obama in 2012. “I don’t think that the labor movement will be on the sidelines with President Obama,” Michael Podhorzer, the labor federation’s top politics officer, told The Hill.

* Following another round of rumors, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), once again, categorically denied any interest in running for president in this cycle.

* In Wisconsin, Public Policy Polling shows Bachmann leading the GOP presidential field with 24%, followed by Perry with 20%. Mitt Romney rounds out the top tier with 17%.

* The National Republican Congressional Committee continues to invest pretty heavily in the upcoming special election in Nevada’s 2nd district. The NRCC has now spent nearly $345,000 in a traditionally “red” district, leading up to the Sept. 13 election.

* In Utah, the latest Mason-Dixon poll shows Sen. Orrin Hatch leading Rep. Jason Chaffetz in a likely Republican primary match-up, 49% to 39%. The same poll found both GOP candidates leading Rep. Jim Matheson (D) in a hypothetical general-election contest.