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:

* A new Fox News poll shows Newt Gingrich taking the national lead in the race for the Republican nomination, enjoying 23% support. Mitt Romney is right behind him with 22%, followed by Herman Cain at 15%. No other candidate is in single digits.

* In Iowa, a new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll shows Cain leading the GOP field with 25%. Ron Paul is a competitive second with 20%, followed by Romney with 16%.

* Cain was scheduled to meet this morning with the influential Manchester Union Leader in New Hampshire, but after making a series of demands, the Republican candidate decided to cancel altogether.

* The DNC is still targeting Romney for his willingness to privatize medical care for military veterans.

* As if Cain’s profound ignorance on foreign policy weren’t a big enough problem, yesterday he said the U.S. couldn’t strike Iran because “it’s very mountainous,” and soon after, suggested “Cuban” is a language.

* In Wisconsin, a majority of voters in a Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert College poll said Gov. Scott Walker (R) should, in fact, be recalled.

* California will not be competitive in 2012. A new L.A. Times poll shows President Obama leading each of his Republican rivals by large margins. Romney comes closest, and he trails Obama by 17 points.

* And in Indiana, Democrat John Gregg is trying to kick off his gubernatorial campaign, but local media doesn’t seem to care. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) is considered the favorite in next year’s race.

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