|PresidentMinnesota: A SurveyUSA poll in Minnesota shows President Obama with a comfortable lead over Mitt Romney, 52% to 38%.Obama: President Obama’s campaign is running a two minute television ad in “select battleground” states that targets Romney’s career at Bain Capital. The spot is an attempt to portray Romney as an uncaring corporate titan who is concerned more with profits than with workers.Paul: Ron Paul announced “he will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not voted,” for all practical purposes suspending his presidential campaign. Paul, however, will continue his bid to collect delegates to the national convention in Tampa this summer. He has earned additional delegates in recent weeks by performing strongly at state conventions in states that have already voted.
Indiana: A poll conducted for the campaign of Democratic nominee Rep. Joe Donnelly shows a 40 percent to 40 percent tie against Richard Mourdock. Mourdock’s favorability numbers seem to have suffered as a result of the primary against Sen. Dick Lugar. His favorable rating is 36 percent, while 37 percent view him unfavorably. Twenty two percent of Indiana voters say they have a strongly unfavorable view about Mourdock.
Missouri: Sen. Claire McCaskill leads all three of her potential Republican opponents by single digit margins but is under 50 percent in a new Democratic poll. McCaskill leads former Treasurer Sarah Steelman 45 percent to 36 percent, with 19 percent undecided, according to the survey conducted for the Democratic aligned outside group Majority PAC. McCaskill leads businessman John Brumner 46 percent to 38 percent with 16 percent undecided, and leads Rep. Todd Akin 44 percent to 39 percent, with 17 percent undecided.
Montana: Sen. John Tester’s campaign is out with his 6th TV ad, part of a string of positive TV spots run in the state. The latest is a 60 second ad featuring the Democrat’s wife, Sharla, and shots of Tester climbing into his tractor, reading to young students, sitting in a science lab with college students, speaking with veterans, sitting at a small table with senior citizens and walking with shotgun wielding hunters.
Nebraska: State Sen. Deb Fischer is getting some last minute help in her bid for US Senate. Joe Ricketts, who owns the Chicago Cubs with his family and is founder of TD Ameritrade, poured $200,000 into the race with a tough television advertisement that questioned Bruning’s character and business deals, and another ad that praises Deb Fischer.
More Nebraska: A We Ask America automated poll finds Deb Fischer’s late surge to be real. She now leads state Attorney General John Bruning 39% to 34% with state Treasurer Don Stenburg at 18%. We Ask America’s poll of the race last week had Bruning ahead of Fischer by 16 percentage points, 42% to 26%.
North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp is out with a new television ad thats set to run statewide highlighting her support for the state’s energy industry. The former state attorney general has repeatedly sought to distance herself from President Obama on energy issues and has lashed out at President Obama for obstructing the development of the Keystone XL pipeline……