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:

* Campaign donations from Wall Street are picking up at the presidential level, and the financial industry appears to be rallying behind Mitt Romney in a big way.

* Hoping to recalibrate his presidential campaign, Rick Perry delivered a policy speech in Pittsburgh the other day, focusing on energy policy. The Texas governor, believe it or not, apparently thinks the nation will be fine if we just drill a whole lot.

* There was a report this morning that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is preparing to endorse Romney in the Republican presidential race, prompting DeMint and his staff to push back aggressively against the rumors.

* The open U.S. Senate race in Virginia continues to be the nation’s most competitive race, and a new Richmond Times-Dispatch poll shows former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) with a narrow edge over former Sen. George Allen (R), 44% to 42%.

* Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign is very nearly broke, having raised $4.51 million, but having spent $4.18 million.

* Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign has about $1.3 million left in the bank after spending nearly $6 million in the third quarter.

* The latest polling in Nevada shows Romney with a modest lead in one of the early nominating states, with the former governor up by five over Herman Cain, 31% to 26%.

* And in Utah, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is urging Rep. Jim Matheson (D) to take on Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). To that end, the DSCC released a Anzalone Liszt showing Hatch with a modest six-point lead over Matheson in a hypothetical match-up, which reinforces the notion that Hatch is vulnerable next year.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.