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Friday's campaign round-up

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:

* Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released his response to the NRA yesterday, with this new video that will be hitting West Virginia airwaves. The spot debuted yesterday morning on MSNBC.

* In Massachusetts' U.S. Senate special election, a new UMass-Lowell/Boston Herald poll shows Rep. Ed Markey (D) pulling away, leading Republican Gabriel Gomez by 20 points, 56% to 36%. The election is this upcoming Tuesday, June 25.

* It's a little late in the game, but former Sen. Scott Brown (R) will pull himself away from New Hampshire for a while, making an appearance with Gomez on Monday night.

* Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's (D)

2008 2004 presidential campaign didn't turn out especially well, but at the Netroots Nation conference, the former DNC chair expressed an interest in seeking national office again in 2016.

* Speaking of 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) referred to his ambitions this week as if he'd already made up his mind. Asked about a possible candidacy, the former governor told TV preacher Pat Robertson's news outlet, "It will be based on my record.... I will be able to, I think, manage my way through all the chirpers out there."

* And while Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) is retiring at the end of this term, Molly Redden reports that the Republican candidates in her Minnesota district hoping to succeed her are "almost as loopy as she is."