Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The Congressional Leadership Fund, the House Republican leadership's super PAC, is investing $800,000
in Montana's congressional special election, trying to connect Rob Quist to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
* On a related note, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is reportedly
"making an initial six-figure investment into the Montana state party to back Quist's campaign."
* In Georgia's special election, Republican Karen Handel has decided to accept
Donald Trump's backing ahead of the June runoff: the president sent out a fundraising appeal on the GOP candidate's behalf yesterday.
* On a related note, the DCCC launched
its first negative ad against Handel yesterday. It's not yet clear how big the ad buy in support of the spot will be.
* The latest national PPP poll
shows Trump with a 43% approval rating. Looking ahead to the 2018 midterms, the same results found Democrats leading Republicans on the generic ballot, 47% to 41%.
* Speaking of survey data, Gallup reported yesterday that Trump is the first president since the dawn of modern polling to end the first quarter of his first term with support well below 50%
* On the heels of his surprise retirement announcement, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) conceded yesterday that he's thinking about leaving Congress early
, stepping down before his term ends next year.
* Heath Mello, a Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha, Nebraska, has become the subject of an intra-party controversy
after some of his national supporters discovered he "supported legislation to require women to undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion" eight years ago. read more