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September 13, 2011 12:00 PM Tuesday’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:

* It’s Election Day in two congressional districts today — New York’s 9th and Nevada’s 2nd. Polls show the Republican candidates favored in both special election contests.

* A new national survey from Public Policy Polling shows President Obama leading Rick Perry in a hypothetical match-up, 52% to 41%. Three weeks ago, the margin was only six points. In the same poll, Obama leads Mitt Romney, 49% to 45%.

* Just a few hours after Tim Pawlenty threw his support to Mitt Romney, Rick Perry’s presidential campaign announced Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will back the Texas governor’s campaign.

* On a related note, Pawlenty may have endorsed Romney, but many of Pawlenty’s top supporters are not yet ready to follow the former Minnesota governor’s lead.

* Did Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum really mix up the words “illegals” and “Latinos” last night? As a matter of fact, yes, he did.

* With a longtime Democratic campaign treasurer in Los Angeles busted on fraud allegations, it appears Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) campaign resources have also been “wiped out.” At this point, Feinstein has no idea how many campaign funds she has on hand.

* Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) told Fox News last night she’s looming large over the Republican presidential campaign, “getting a kick out of getting out there,” raising issues, and then “watching some of the candidates get out there and discuss what it was that we just talked about.”

* Thanks to redistricting in Michigan, Reps. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) will face off next year, hoping to win a newly redrawn suburban Detroit district.

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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  • Square1 on September 13, 2011 12:06 PM:

    I'm curious about the Latino comment but I am deathly afraid to google "illegal Santorum".

  • JayinOregon on September 13, 2011 12:08 PM:

    Sarah Palin. Loser. Useless. Grifter.

    YOur 5 minute legacy will go on forever. What a sad, sad person.

  • T2 on September 13, 2011 12:09 PM:

    Palin just can't stop. Pundits think she's going to toss her support to Perry, but if she thinks he's starting to drop, she won't want to be tied to a loser (did that in 2008). I wouldn't be surprised that in her little me,me, me mind, she's thinking "sooner or later, the GOP will come begging me to save them".
    Sure it will, Sarah.

  • j on September 13, 2011 12:29 PM:

    No suprise the republicans are fighting to keep tax loopholes for the wealthy, it would make a good campaign commercial to see Boehner & McConnell saying the rich need their loopholes before the people need bridges to drive to work on.

  • matt w on September 13, 2011 12:34 PM:

    I'll give Santorum this one -- it sounds to me like Santorum actually did say "the legal voters." And I still wear my Wofford '94 T-shirt, so this is the last time Santorum will get any credit from me.

    Of course the substance of the comment is still obnoxious.

  • hell's littlest angel on September 13, 2011 12:36 PM:

    Sarah Palin, kingmaker.

  • Tuffy on September 13, 2011 12:46 PM:

    |On a related note, Pawlenty may have endorsed Romney, but
    |many of Pawlenty’s top supporters are not yet ready to
    |follow the former Minnesota governor’s lead.

    Factual error. Pawlenty had no supporters.

  • SaintZak on September 13, 2011 2:03 PM:

    I think Pawlenty is stopping just short of walking around wearing a big "PLEASE PICK ME AS YOUR RUNNING MATE" sandwich sign.

  • jeri on September 13, 2011 2:06 PM:

    Someone should tell Diane Feinstein what "wiped out" means. She says she doesn't know how much she lost but it could be hundreds of thousands or even millions out of over $5 million. That's a lot, but it isn't "wiped out".

  • T2 on September 13, 2011 2:19 PM:

    apparently Palin had some really harsh words for Rick Perry on FOX regarding the HPV crony capitalism charge Bachmann levied last night. As in 'really harsh'. I'll admit to being pretty confused at this, having figured Palin and Perry were tight.
    Here's the point...if Palin is playing this as The Loose Canon, and starts hitting Perry, his TeaParty votes will go south. Looks like these folks are just starting to give us the kind of fun primary season we'd hoped for.

  • doubtful on September 13, 2011 4:31 PM:

    Are we witnessing a North versus South dynamic developing in the GOP primary?