President Barack Obama on the trail in Ohio. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Holding Steady — The presidential campaign sure seems to have had its ups and downs for each candidate — but maybe not. A striking fact from this morning’s piece by Dan Balz and Jon Cohen: “Only twice in 13 surveys over more than a year has either candidate held a lead exceeding the poll’s margin of sampling error.”

Unloading in Vogue — Glossy magazine features written by a candidates wife are supposed to be a good thing for a campaign. But Sarah Paley, the wife of Bob Kerrey, who’s running for his old Senate seat representing Nebraska, didn’t help her husband’s campaign with the piece she just penned for Vogue. The Manhattanite calls the Midwest “strange” and reveals that she didn’t want Kerrey to run. Oh, and she claims to be intensely private — all the while posing in designer duds.

Might not play well in Omaha . . . .

Revolving door — The Justice Department’s chief counsel on antitrust is leaving, our colleague Cecilia Kang reports. Gene Kimmelman, “known as the Justice Department’s ‘secret weapon’ on antitrust, is leaving the agency to open the Washington, D.C., office of the human rights organization Global Partners and Associates,” Kang writes.

Break out the scaffolds — The repair job to fix the cracks in the Washington Monument could last into 2014, a year longer than first forecast.