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Wednesday's campaign round-up

White House photo

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 a provocative move, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley is using this iconic photo as part of his Democratic gubernatorial campaign in Illinois. "As President Obama's chief of staff, Bill played a key role in the operation that captured Osama bin Laden," the image caption reads on Daley's campaign website.

* In New Jersey, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Cory Booker with a massive lead over the Democratic field in the state's U.S. Senate special election. In a general-election match-up against Republican Steve Lonegan, the Newark mayor is ahead by 25 points.

* Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) announced he will retire at the end of his term. He's only the third U.S. House member to call it quits, though that number is expected to rise in the coming months.

* In Michigan's 1st congressional district, the DCCC has successfully recruited retired Army Maj. Gen Jerry Cannon to run against Rep. Dan Benishek (R) next year. Benishek won re-election in 2012 by less than 1 percentage point.

* With South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright (R) kicking off a U.S. Senate campaign, incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suddenly has quite a few primary challengers, though it's tough to say whether any of his GOP rivals have a credible chance of defeating him.

* And in Kentucky, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson (D) announced yesterday he will not run for governor in 2015. Incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is in his second term, and cannot seek a third.