Tuesday’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:

* Herman Cain told his senior staff this morning that he is “reassessing” whether to continue his Republican presidential campaign.

* Mitt Romney’s on-again, off-again interest in competing in Iowa is apparently on-again. Yesterday, a campaign spokesperson told reporters, “Our strategy is to win there.” A moment later, she hesitated, and concluded, “We’re going to get people out to the caucuses.”

* Newt Gingrich is starting to get slightly more aggressive towards Romney, telling CNN yesterday, “If you run to the left of Teddy Kennedy, it is trickier than trying to run to the right of Newt Gingrich.”

* In Wisconsin, Democrats have already collected more than 300,000 signatures to force Gov. Scott Walker (R) into a recall election. The governor’s opponents still need about a quarter-million more signatures by mid-January.

* Romney appears to be consolidating support within South Florida’s Cuban-American community, which tends to strongly support Republicans. The former governor picked up endorsements yesterday from Reps. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), and his brother, former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

* Speaking of Florida, Rep. Connie Mack (R), just months after saying he wouldn’t run for the Senate, kicked off a Senate campaign last night. The far-right congressman made his announcement on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program.

* How much trouble is Sen. Ben Nelson (D) facing in Nebraska next year? It depends on which pollster you ask.

* And in West Virginia, Bill Maloney (R) filed the paperwork yesterday to set up a 2012 rematch against Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D). In early October, Tomblin defeated Maloney by about three points.