Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Making America Great, a group backed by Rebekah Mercer, a prominent Republican megadonor and Donald Trump supporter, is reportedly launching a new ad campaign
targeting Democratic senators from states Trump won in 2016. Here's the ad
, launched as part of a $1.3 million effort.
* In Georgia's congressional special election, Club for Growth Action is launching ads targeting
the top Republican contender, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, for not being conservative enough.
* A new CBS News poll
shows Trump with a 40% approval rating. The same results found House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) faring even worse with a 33% approval rating.
* Corey Stewart, who served as the Trump campaign's chairman in Virginia last year, is running an explicitly pro-Confederate
gubernatorial campaign this year, including unfurling a Confederate battle flag at a recent event. "Folks, this is a symbol of heritage. It is not a symbol of racism. It is not a symbol of slavery," Stewart declared. "I'm proud to be here with this flag."
* On a related note, in Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary, former Rep. Tom Perriello has made his opposition to Trump a central message of his campaign. Asked about this, his primary rival, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, told Slate
, "Donald Trump is a narcissistic maniac, and I will do all I can to keep his hate out of Virginia." read more