Wednesday’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’s campaign manager, Mark Block, said last night tonight that there is “no way” that the candidate is “dropping out.” Cain added soon after, “9-9-9. 9-9-9. We’re doing fine.”

* One of Newt Gingrich’s biggest problems right now is the lack of a quality ground game. With just five weeks until the Iowa caucuses, the disgraced former House Speaker hopes to change that — he’s finally opening a campaign office in Iowa.

* In Florida, a new poll from the Florida Times-Union shows Gingrich soaring in the Sunshine State, leading the Republican presidential field with 41% support. Mitt Romney is a distant second with 17%.

* On a related note, a national Gallup poll shows Gingrich leading Romney when it comes to “positive intensity” among Republican voters.

* Democrats have recruited so many women candidates to run for the U.S. Senate that 2012 will break a record unmatched in American history.

* A new study from the Pew Research Center shows support for the Tea Party has “fallen sharply even in places considered Tea Party strongholds.”

* In what is likely a sign of things to come, two GOP state representatives in New Hampshire who had endorsed Herman Cain announced yesterday that they’re switching their support to Gingrich.

* Republican presidential hopefuls wooing the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition can back off — the group is not going to endorse in advance of January’s caucuses.

* And in Arizona, a state the Obama campaign hopes to flip in 2012, PPP shows the president trailing Romney by seven in a hypothetical match-up, but faring much better against the other Republican candidates.

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