Monday’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:

* With the special election in New York’s 9th district on deck for tomorrow, a new survey from Public Policy Polling confirms what all the other polls say: Republican Bob Turner leads Democrat David Weprin, 47% to 41%.

* On a related note, there’s also a special election tomorrow in Nevada’s 2nd congressional district. Though Dems had some hopes early on of competing in the race, PPP now shows Republican Mark Amodei cruising past Democrat Kate Marshall, 50% to 37%.

* A new CNN poll of Republicans nationwide shows Rick Perry continuing to lead the presidential field with 32% support. Mitt Romney is second with 21%, followed by Ron Paul with 13%. With Michele Bachmann slipping badly, no other candidate reaches double digits. (These results reflect the race without Sarah Palin’s name in the mix.)

* Bachmann’s super PAC, Keep Conservatives United, is going after Rick Perry for being insufficiently conservative on immigration policy.

* The Romney campaign, meanwhile, is going after Perry on Social Security, distributing campaign materials in Florida attacking Rick Perry as “reckless and wrong on Social Security.”

* Setting a terrific example for others, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has announced that he won’t raise money from anyone during his service on the Murray/Hensarling super committee. Asked why, Kerry said, “Because I don’t want people to think that I’m being leveraged by contributions. I just don’t want the appearance of money being associated with anything I do on this.”

* In Missouri, in-state Republicans hoped to persuade former Sen. John Danforth (R) to run for governor in 2012. Late Friday, he announced he’s not interested.

* And with a longtime Democratic campaign treasurer in Los Angeles busted on fraud allegations, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) has found that her re-election fund “has been nearly wiped out.”

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Steve Benen

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.