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 ABC News/Washington Post poll, taken after revelations of alleged sexual harassment against Herman Cain came to public light, shows Cain still running strong in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Mitt Romney still leads the field with 24%, but Cain is second with 23%. The only other candidates in double digits are Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, at 13% and 12%, respectively.
* In the meantime, Cain’s version of events continues to run into more inconsistencies.
* A new USA Today/Gallup poll asked respondents in just swing states for their 2012 preferences. President Obama leads Perry and Cain in hypothetical match-ups, but Romney leads the president by one, 47% to 46%.
* A Tea Party supporter had a bit of a breakdown at an Elizabeth Warren event in Massachusetts this week, leading him to call the Senate candidate a “socialist whore.” She handled it pretty well.
* Obama’s re-election campaign launched a new “Greater Together” initiative in Pennsylvania this week, hoping to court the youth vote.
* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching new radio ads next week in 25 Republican districts, each of which Dems believe will be competitive next year.
* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee considered Texas and Maine as key pick-up opportunities in 2012. That no longer appears to be the case.
* In Montana, home to one of the nation’s most competitive Senate races, a new Montana State University Billings poll shows Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) with the narrowest of leads over incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D), 36% to 35%.
* After some initial confusion, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) has made it clear he won’t launch a primary challenge against North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D).
* And in North Dakota, don’t be surprised if state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D) launches a U.S. Senate campaign, after receiving encouragement from retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D).