Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* A new NBC News/Marist poll gauged public attitudes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin -- three traditionally "blue" states that narrowly backed Donald Trump in 2016. The poll found the president's approval rating in these three states varied between 34% and 36%.
* On a related note, the same poll found approval of the Republican Party between 30% and 33% in these states, with Democrats enjoying an advantage on the generic congressional ballot of eight points in Wisconsin, 10 points in Pennsylvania, and 13 points in Michigan. (Note: there are also gubernatorial races in each of these states in 2018.)
* Also in the NBC News/Marist poll, former President Barack Obama's favorability rating tops 60% in each of the three states. Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) favorability rating tops 50% in each.
* In fundraising news, despite the Republicans' troubles, the RNC crushed the DNC in July, $10.6 million to $3.8 million. For the year thus far, the RNC has taken in $75 million to the DNC's $42 million.
* And while those tallies look good for Republicans, the numbers look better for Democrats in campaign committee fundraising. The DCCC easily outraised its Republican counterpart in July, $6.2 million to $3.8 million. Despite the GOP majority in the House, the DCCC's year-to-date tally tops the NRCC's total, $66 million to $64 million.
* Though there's plenty of speculation about whether Trump will be his party's nominee in 2020, Politico reports that he's already building his re-election "machine," which includes "mapping out a fall fundraising tour" and tracking "dozens of potential Democratic rivals."