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Wednesday's campaign round-up

Associated Press

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:

* In Massachusetts' U.S. Senate special election, Republican Gabriel Gomez released an internal poll two weeks ago showing him trailing Rep. Ed Markey (D) by just one point. Yesterday, Gomez released another internal poll showing him behind by seven points. (The Gomez campaign may not fully understand how this process is supposed to work.)

* A new Gallup poll shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) more popular with Democratic voters than Republican voters. This probably will not help his efforts to win the GOP presidential nomination in the future.

* Speaking of the Garden State, which Democratic candidate in the U.S. Senate special election is likely to get the support of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee? None of them -- Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), the DSCC chair, intends to take a hands-off approach to the primary.

* In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) will seek re-election in 2014, but a new Quinnipiac poll shows him trailing Tom Foley (R) by three, 43% to 40%. Malloy narrowly defeated Foley in their 2010 match-up.

* The field of GOP candidates hoping to take on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) next year is just a little larger, with state Rep. Jim Abeler (R) jumping into the race unexpectedly yesterday.

* In Florida, Democrat Alex Sink hasn't decided whether to seek a rematch against Gov. Rick Scott (R) next year, but she's already urging Democrats to steer clear of former Gov. Charlie Crist, who's likely to run in 2014 as a Dem.

* And speaking of the Sunshine State, former Rep. Allen West (R) said this morning that he's considering a primary campaign against Sen. Marco Rubio (R) in 2016. No, seriously.