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July 22, 2011 12:00 PM Friday’s campaign round-up

By Steve Benen

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:

* A new CNN poll shows a very competitive race for the Republican presidential nomination, at least at the national level. Mitt Romney leads with 16%, while Rick Perry is just two points behind him at 14%. Of course, one may want to approach this poll with some skepticism — it has Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin tied for third with 13% each.

* Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman’s campaign manager resigned yesterday. It’s generally not evidence of a campaign that’s on the right track.

* A measure to repeal Ohio’s SB5, which restricts collective-bargaining rights, will be on the statewide ballot next year. Polls, at least at this point, show strong support for removing the law from the books.

* Fascinating piece from Nate Silver on right-wing GOP governors: “If the states are laboratories of democracy, then the Republican Party’s research pipeline has run dry. Moderate Republican governors, a thriving species before last year’s elections, are all but extinct.”

* Hoping to turn his Republican presidential campaign around, Tim Pawlenty will invest about $1 million to improve his chances in the Ames Straw Poll.

* The Democratic National Committee has launched its first ad buy of the cycle, airing a new Spanish-language spot in support of President Obama.

* Not surprisingly, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) appears to be cruising to re-election.

* In Indiana, Sen. Dick Lugar’s (R) primary opponent is running a new television ad blasting the incumbent for having a “bromance” with President Obama.

* And former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer formally kicked off his Republican presidential campaign yesterday with an event in New Hampshire. Roemer is perhaps best known for losing in a GOP gubernatorial primary to KKK leader David Duke. (thanks to R.B. for the heads-up)

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.


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  • Basilisc on July 22, 2011 12:13 PM:

    "Bromance." OK.

    You can tell it's campaign season when the whiff of GOP gay-baiting once again fills the air.

  • T2 on July 22, 2011 12:15 PM:

    interesting CNN poll. You wonder why they even took it. Three of the top four are not even in the race at this time. I'm surprised Christie, Ryan and Can'tor aren't listed too.
    Nevertheless, very bad news for the Mittster. If he is the eventual nominee, I'll be amazed. I'll also be happy....he may be a flip-flop specialist, but the others should be running for president of Mr. Bachmann's psycho clinic.

  • Observer on July 22, 2011 12:16 PM:

    Senator Debbie Stabenow MI has picked up serious opposition--Peter Hoekstra.

  • dj spellchecka on July 22, 2011 1:38 PM:

    here in akron, i just saw a "say no to sb5" bumper sticker on a bmw

    when the gop is losing the all important bmw demographic.....

  • Kenneth d. Franks on July 22, 2011 3:53 PM:

    Rick Perry is having conversations about foreign policy with Donald Rumsfeld's neoconservative disciples
    http://kennethdfranks.blogspot.com/ or see Burkablog