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 Iowa, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Rep. Steve King (R) with large leads over any of his possible Republican rivals in the upcoming U.S. Senate primary. The same poll also shows King trailing every possible Democrats, including an 11-point deficit against most likely Democratic candidate, Rep. Bruce Braley (D).
* In Massachusetts, Republicans continue to run away from the upcoming Senate special election, with Kerry Healey, Richard Tisei, and Tagg Romney withdrawing from consideration over the last 24 hours. The only Republican openly acknowledging interest in the race is venture capitalist Gabriel E. Gomez, though Andy Card, George W. Bush's former chief of staff, is also rumored to be interested.
* Speaking of the Bay State, Rep. Stephen Lynch, one of two Democrats in the Senate race, has long been the only New England Democrat in Congress to oppose abortion rights, but he now claims he believes abortion is a constitutionally protected right.
* In Georgia, Rep. Paul Broun (R) will reportedly enter the open-seat Senate race tomorrow. Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and Democratic Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed both announced separately yesterday that they will not run.
* In Alaska, the latest statewide poll shows incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D) leading each of his potential Republican rivals, including a 23-point advantage over Joe Miller, 52% to 29%.
* A year ahead of his re-election bid, Rhode Island Gov. Linc Chafee's (I) approval rating is down to just 33%.
* In Wyoming, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill (R) has launched a gubernatorial campaign, setting up a primary fight against incumbent Gov. Matt Mead (R).