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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:

* What was a web video is now a broadcast ad: the Obama campaign has a new spot knocking down Mitt Romney's welfare lie. It's set to air in Colorado, Iowa, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.

*, meanwhile, launched a new spot today, focusing on Romney's plan to raise middle-class taxes. It will air in every city on Romney's four-day bus tour next week.

* Speaking of Romney's bus tour, the Democratic National Committee has a new "Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus Tour," which will run alongside Romney's excursion.

* The latest CNN poll shows President Obama leading Romney nationwide by seven points, 52% to 45%. A new Fox News poll shows Obama ahead nationally by an even larger margin, 49% to 40%. In both surveys, the president's lead is growing thanks to support from independents.

* The CNN poll, by the way, also shows Democrats leading Republicans on the congressional generic ballot, 45% to 39%.

* Romney has now raised nearly $400 million this cycle, roughly halfway to his $800 million goal.

* With time running out in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate Republican primary, PPP shows Eric Hovde with a narrow lead over Tommy Thompson, 27% to 25%.

* The Democratic Party platform's language on marriage equality is coming together, and the platform may also include support for the DREAM Act.

* Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has not returned to work, but he reportedly intends to seek re-election.

* And Republicans in Michigan's 11th district are still unsure what to do now that reindeer rancher and Santa impersonator Kerry Bentivolio (R) is their congressional nominee.