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:
* In Iowa, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Newt Gingrich out in front of the Republican pack, leading the field with 33%. Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are tied for second with 18% each. Rick Perry, at 11%, is the only other candidate to reach double digits.
* On a related note, the latest Public Policy Polling survey out of Iowa also shows Gingrich on top, leading his rivals with 27% support. Paul is second with 18% and Romney’s third with 16%.
* In South Carolina, home to the third nominating contest, a new Winthrop University poll shows Gingrich running first with a surprisingly strong 38%, followed by Romney at 22%.
* Romney appears to be slipping in Iowa, but he hasn’t given up on the state just yet. This week, he has a new direct-mail piece telling Republicans President Obama’s campaign is “obsessed” with him.
* I don’t imagine it matters much to actual voters, but former Vice President Dan Quayle’s endorsement of Romney reinforces the sense that the GOP establishment is starting to close ranks behind the former governor.
* It seems hard to believe, but at this point, no Republican presidential campaign has more than one office open in the state of Iowa.
* A Gallup poll released yesterday found that only Gingrich and Romney are considered “acceptable” nominees by most Republican voters.
* Ron Paul is going after Gingrich in a big way in Iowa, airing a brutal new television ad.
* Michele Bachmann was endorsed yesterday by Phyllis Schlafly, a major anti-feminist leader and head of a religious group called the Eagle Forum.
* Democrats in Colorado got some good news last night when the state Supreme Court upheld their redrawn congressional-district map.
* And in the Treasure State, a new poll from the Montana Chamber of Commerce shows incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D) leading Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) by five, 42% to 37%.