Thursday’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:

* Joe Allbaugh, George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign manager, has reportedly taken over the day-to-day operations of Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. I rather doubt that’ll make a difference.

* Perry, meanwhile, hit the morning shows earlier, and is vowing not to drop out. Counter-intuitively, his campaign is also raising money off his screw-up.

* In recent months, Gallup showed President Obama trailing a generic Republican candidate by as many as eight points. In its new poll, Obama now leads a generic GOP opponent by one point.

* In Florida, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama trailing Mitt Romney in a hypothetical match-up, 45% to 42%. Romney, however, trails Herman Cain among Florida Republicans, 27% to 21%.

* In Ohio, Quinnipiac shows Obama leading Romney, 45% to 42%, and Romney trailing Cain among GOP voters, 25% to 20%.

* In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac shows Obama leading Romney, 44% to 43%, and among in-state Republicans, Cain and Romney are tied at 17% each.

* The Cain campaign has created a website devoted to attacking those who’ve accused him of sexual harassment.

* Karl Rove’s attack operation, Crossroads GPS, is launching a wildly misleading ad in Massachusetts, going after Elizabeth Warren’s (D) Senate campaign.

* Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich wants to eliminate the Congressional Budget Office. That’s really not a good idea.

* And in Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin (R) had given reporters the impression that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had endorsed his U.S. Senate campaign. That, apparently, isn’t true.

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