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September 27, 2010

MONDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP.... Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.

* If Sen. Lisa Murkowski manages to win re-election in Alaska through a write-in bid, would she still caucus with Republicans? Probably, but she seems to like having "a little more flexibility."

* In Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, the last Bluegrass poll published several weeks ago showed Rand Paul (R) leading state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) by 15 points. A new Bluegrass poll, published over the weekend, showed the Republican's lead shrinking to just two points, 49% to 47%.

* In Ohio, Republicans continue to lead both of the key statewide races. The latest Cincinnati Enquirer/Ohio Newspaper Poll shows Rob Portman (R) leading the U.S. Senate race by 15, and John Kasich (R) leading the gubernatorial race by a much closer four-point margin.

* In Florida's U.S. Senate race, the latest Mason-Dixon poll shows Marco Rubio (R) continuing to pull away while his opponents split the center-left. Rubio now leads with 40% support, followed by Gov. Charlie Crist (I) with 28%. Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) is a close third with 23%.

* In California, the latest L.A. Times/USC poll shows Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) leading her re-election bid by eight, and Jerry Brown (D) leading the gubernatorial race by five.

* Iowa's gubernatorial race is quickly turning into a one-sided contest, with former Gov. Terry Branstad (R) leading incumbent Gov. Chet Culver (D) by 19 points in the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, 52% to 33%.

* Massachusetts' gubernatorial race is heating up in a big way, with a new Boston Globe poll showing incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick (D) leading Charlie Baker (R) by just one point, 35% to 34%. Independent Tim Cahill is third with 11%.

* On a related note, Cahill is shedding key staffers, but he's vowing to stay in the race.

* The latest Star-Tribune poll shows Mark Dayton (D) leading Minnesota's gubernatorial race, enjoying a nine-point lead over Tom Emmer (R), 39% to 30%. Independent Tom Horner is a competitive third with 18%. support

* And in Michigan*, former Rep. Tim Walberg (R), hoping to return to Congress this year, is apparently a Birther. Asked last week whether the president is a natural-born citizen, Walberg said, "You know, I don't know, I really don't know. We don't have enough information about this president."

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Steve, Walberg is in Michigan, not Minnesota, according to the TPMDC link.

Posted by: Chuck on September 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

Boston's gubernatorial race? When did Boston become a state?

Posted by: Kenneth Cavness on September 27, 2010 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

Hey Steve, I know it can seem like Massachusetts is all Boston sometimes, but I think you meant to say Massachusetts for Boston in item 7. Your readers in Cambridge are going to be upset, not to mention Worcester and Springfield!

Posted by: Jamobey on September 27, 2010 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

Come on Ohio! Iowa beat CA to gay marriage, you can beat CA by at least electing some blue dogs!

Posted by: Trollop on September 27, 2010 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

If Sen. Lisa Murkowski manages to win re-election in Alaska through a write-in bid, would she still caucus with Republicans? Probably, but she seems to like having "a little more flexibility."

No doubt that's the deal she cut to keep her committee leadership position.

Posted by: cr on September 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM | PERMALINK

Boxer is running really great ads of a Fiorina interview where she talks about cutting jobs at HP
The announcer states that Carly sent 30,000 jobs overseas

As for Jerry Brown, he debates Meg Whitman Tuesday night
That should be the make or break moment in this election
Meg has not opened herself to the media, reporters or questions
Brown has to het HER over outsorucing and off shoring

The quick red fox jumped over the lazy old cow

Posted by: frisco on September 27, 2010 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

And in NY, Rudy is stumping for Paladino. They really belong together.

Posted by: Schtick on September 27, 2010 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

As a Floridian, I have no idea why Rubio is gaining a lead. Nearly every other day there's reports about his financial misdealings and cronyist crap he pulled as State Speaker. What do we have to wait for, federal indictments on his GOP party credit card fraud? http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/sep/23/former-supporter-says-rubio-used-gop-credit-card-f/news-politics/

I despair for my state. I know Florida is where all the nuts roll downhill, but honestly, you all nominated a corrupt CEO who committed MEDICARE FRAUD as a credible candidate for Governor? WTF?!

Posted by: PaulW on September 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK
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