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 national polls, the new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Mitt Romney leading the field with 35%, with Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum battling it out for second place. Rick Perry is the only candidate who isn’t in double digits.

* On a related note, Gallup also shows Romney with the national lead, enjoying 37% support. Santorum and Gingrich are tied for second with 14% each, followed by Paul at 12%.

* With just five days until the South Carolina primary, a new Monmouth University poll shows Romney with a double-digit lead in the Palmetto State, topping Gingrich, 33% to 22%.

* Florida’s primary will come soon after South Carolina’s, and Public Policy Polling shows Romney cruising there, too. PPP has Romney ahead of Gingrich, 41% to 26%.

* Democratic officials announced this morning that the final night of this year’s Democratic National Convention will feature President Obama speaking at Bank of America stadium, the 74,000-seat stadium where the NFL’s Carolina Panthers play.

* Virginia’s U.S. Senate race got a little more interesting this week, with Bob Marshall, one of the most right-wing voices in Virginia’s House of Delegates, announcing he’ll run against former Sen. George Allen in the Republican primary.

* The Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity will invest roughly $8.4 million to buy television ads, hoping to persuade the public to care about the Solyndra “controversy.”

* In Indiana, Sen. Dick Lugar (R) is going on the air this week, hoping to beat back a far-right primary challenge. State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Lugar’s opponent, is launching TV ads of his own.

* And Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of Congress’ most ridiculous members, told local reporters last week that he’s open to running as VP on the Republican Party’s 2012 ticket, if the eventual nominee is interested.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.