Tuesday’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:

* It’s Election Day in two congressional districts today — New York’s 9th and Nevada’s 2nd. Polls show the Republican candidates favored in both special election contests.

* A new national survey from Public Policy Polling shows President Obama leading Rick Perry in a hypothetical match-up, 52% to 41%. Three weeks ago, the margin was only six points. In the same poll, Obama leads Mitt Romney, 49% to 45%.

* Just a few hours after Tim Pawlenty threw his support to Mitt Romney, Rick Perry’s presidential campaign announced Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will back the Texas governor’s campaign.

* On a related note, Pawlenty may have endorsed Romney, but many of Pawlenty’s top supporters are not yet ready to follow the former Minnesota governor’s lead.

* Did Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum really mix up the words “illegals” and “Latinos” last night? As a matter of fact, yes, he did.

* With a longtime Democratic campaign treasurer in Los Angeles busted on fraud allegations, it appears Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) campaign resources have also been “wiped out.” At this point, Feinstein has no idea how many campaign funds she has on hand.

* Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) told Fox News last night she’s looming large over the Republican presidential campaign, “getting a kick out of getting out there,” raising issues, and then “watching some of the candidates get out there and discuss what it was that we just talked about.”

* Thanks to redistricting in Michigan, Reps. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) will face off next year, hoping to win a newly redrawn suburban Detroit district.

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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.