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:
* Herman Cain’s campaign claims to have raised $250,000 yesterday, the same day as reports on the candidate allegedly sexually harassing women employees in the 1990s. “It was one of our best fundraising days ever,” campaign manager Mark Block said this morning.
* A Super PAC supporting Rick Perry is launching a $400,000 ad campaign, including time in South Carolina, where polls show the Texas governor struggling.
* Cain and Mitt Romney are the two leading candidates in Iowa according to recent polling, but neither of them will attend the Iowa Republican Party’s Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines on Friday. Cain will be in D.C. and Romney will be in New Hampshire. The five other non-Huntsman GOP candidates will be there.
* The Commission on Presidential Debates announced its schedule for 2012, selecting the dates and locations for four debates next fall. President Obama and the Republican nominee will debate in Denver, Hempstead, N.Y., and Boca Raton, Fla., while the vice presidential candidates will debate in Danville, Ky.
* Ed Rollins, Michele Bachmann’s former campaign manager, continues to trash the right-wing congresswoman, saying she has “run out of money and ideas,” and should expect to lose in Iowa.
* In the state of Washington, a new University of Washington poll shows state Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) leading Rep. Jay Inslee (D) in next year’s gubernatorial race, 44% to 38%. McKenna currently benefits from considerably higher name recognition.
* The same poll, by the way, shows President Obama faring quite well in the state of Washington, where he leads Romney by nine points, and other GOP candidates by even wider margins.
* And in Nevada, former Rep. Dana Titus (D), hoping to make a comeback, will not seek a rematch against Rep. Joe Heck (R), but will instead run to replace Rep. Shelley Berkley (D), who is now running for the Senate.