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Wednesday's campaign round-up

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)

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:

* Republicans hoped to recruit a top-tier challenger to run against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in Louisiana next year, and yesterday, they landed one: Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) agreed to run. Several other notable Republicans, including Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, had already passed on the race.

* Speaking of Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)'s popularity has fallen so much, a Southern Media & Opinion Research released yesterday finds him with less support in the state than President Obama -- and Obama lost the state last year by 17 points.

* In Iowa, much to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's chagrin, businessman Mike Sherzan withdrew from the 3rd congressional district, citing "personal health issues." Sherzan was running against Rep. Tom Latham (R), whom the DCCC sees as vulnerable.

* In Arkansas, Democrats expected Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) to be a strong gubernatorial candidate in 2014, but after McDaniel was forced to withdraw after a sex scandal, former Rep. Mike Ross (D) is giving the race another look.

* In Los Angeles' mayoral race, former President Bill Clinton has already endorsed City Controller Wendy Greuel, but President Obama will remain neutral in the race. The news disappointed City Councilman Eric Garcetti, a long-time Obama backer who has stressed his ties to the president.

* Those hoping Republicans will take back the U.S. Senate next year suffered a setback today when Dick Morris predicted significant GOP Senate gains in 2014.

* And in Georgia's increasingly competitive Republican Senate primary, Rep. Jack Kingston is facing intra-party criticism over his role on the House Appropriations Committee. According to the logic of his rivals, it means he's responsible, at least in part, for federal spending.