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Shop Talk: Special Election Showdown

Quinnipiac began polling in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey before branching out to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. It also polls nationally and in New York City, and it includes cellphone-only respondents in its polling.

“We gradually expanded outside of metro New York with an emphasis on swing states, and Virginia is the next logical step,” Quinnipiac Assistant Polling Director Peter Brown told Roll Call. “It has become a battleground state on the presidential level and, as evidenced by the Senate poll, statewide races are very close there.”

Two to Tango With Huntsman

Republican Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign named Neil Ashdown as deputy campaign manager and Conyers Davis as director of operations.

Ashdown was Huntsman’s chief of staff during his time as ambassador to China and governor of Utah, and a press release stated Ashdown has been a “trusted” adviser since Huntsman’s 2004 gubernatorial campaign.

Davis, who previously served as deputy director of advance under then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and as California’s assistant secretary for international trade, most recently was head of operations and deputy director for campaigning for the U.K. Conservative Party’s national campaign.

Super PAC-ing  in Early States

Robert Jentgens, a deputy finance director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2007, has launched super political action committees in three early presidential nomination states, the Center for Responsive Politics reported.

A former accounting director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Jentgens launched RDJ Consulting two years ago, according to his online résumé.

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