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 South Carolina, Public Policy Polling now shows Newt Gingrich taking the lead, 35% to 29%, over Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are tied for third at 15%.
* Romney has quietly been collecting high-profile endorsements, and announcing them when he feels like he needs a positive story about his campaign in the media. This morning, that meant unveiling Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) support.
* South Carolina State House Speaker Bobby Harrell was supporting Rick Perry. Yesterday, he switched to Gingrich.
* Many religious right leaders continue to rally behind Rick Santorum, and James Dobson announced his endorsement for the former senator yesterday.
* In a rather remarkable display, Elizabeth Warren, the leading Democrat in Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate race, raised over $1 million in just one day.
* In North Carolina, incumbent Gov. Bev Perdue (D) is struggling badly, and PPP now shows her trailing Republican Pat McCrory by 11 points in this year’s gubernatorial race.
* In Wisconsin, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D), the presumptive Democratic nominee in this year’s U.S. Senate race, raised over $1.1 million in the last quarter, and has been endorsed by the man she hopes to replace, retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D).