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Wednesday'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:

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched web and/or radio ads today targeting 21 vulnerable House Republicans as part of the ongoing fiscal talks. This one, for example, pressures Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.).

* South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) will not appoint a temporary "placeholder" to fill Sen. Jim DeMint's (R) seat upon his retirement. She will instead name one of five finalists to the seat, who would presumably seek a full term in 2014. Among the leading contenders is Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of the former governor Mark Sanford.

* In Kentucky, Public Policy Polling found that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is the least popular senator in the country, garnering only a 37% approval rating. That said, two years ahead of his re-election fight, he still enjoys narrow, four-point leads over possible Democratic challengers.

* It's not yet clear whether Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) will run for governor next year, but other Democrats are not waiting to get into the race against Gov. Chris Christie (R). This week, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D) launched her gubernatorial bid, and has already hired David Axelrod's old firm.

* In Pennsylvania, Sen. Bob Casey (D) yesterday ruled out a gubernatorial campaign against Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in 2014. Plenty of other Democrats, including Rep. Allyson Schwartz, have expressed interest in the race.

* In Ohio, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. John Kasich's (R) approval rating inching a little higher, reaching an underwhelming 42%. The same poll, however, found that only 36% of Ohioans believes Kasich deserves a second term.

* And remember when the National Republican Senatorial Committee promised to cut off all financial support for Todd Akin's Senate campaign in Missouri? It turns out, the NRSC wasn't telling the truth. Asked about this yesterday, NRSC Chair John Cornyn didn't want to talk about it. Go figure.