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:
* 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.