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Thursday's campaign round-up

Chris Chocola, president of the Club For Growth
Chris Chocola, president of the Club For GrowthGetty Images

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:

* The far-right Club For Growth has launched the "Primary My Congressman!" initiative, in which the group highlights Republican members of Congress who are insufficiently conservative by the group's standards. "Big government liberals inhabit the Democratic Party, but they are far too common within the Republican Party as well," Chris Chocola, Club For Growth's president, said in a statement.

* In the upcoming congressional special election in Chicago, Republicans have nominated a candidate who's been "convicted of 6 felony counts and served nearly 20 years behind bars for armed robberies, aggravated battery, and burglaries" (thanks to Will Femia for the tip).

* Is Ashley Judd serious about running for the Senate in Kentucky? This week, she began contacting key Democratic legislators as part of a general outreach effort.

* In Ohio, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. John Kasich's (R) approval rating on the upswing, reaching 53%, which is an all-time high for the Republican. Kasich is up for re-election next year.

* In Rhode Island, Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) isn't doing nearly as well -- a new Brown University poll puts the governor's approval rating at a dismal 26%.

* In Georgia, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) appears likely to launch a U.S. Senate campaign, and has begun calling and emailing Peach State Republicans in advance of a formal announcement.

* And we may not be through with Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) just yet. The failed U.S. Senate candidate, who famously said pregnancies resulting from rape are "something God intended," told a group of voters that he still hopes to run for higher office again.