Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump and Ben Carson were threatening to boycott the next Republican debate, but there are reports this morning that their demands are being met by CNBC and party officials.
* After Rand Paul suggested this week that he’s comfortable with anti-gay employment discrimination, Hillary Clinton wasted very little time in pushing back.
* It may not be a popular opinion among political pundits, but I think NBC’s First Read’s take on Ted Cruz’s third-quarter fundraising report is correct: “[H]is fundraising number was high, his burn rate was low and he’s got a nice chunk of change in the bank. Nobody else on the Republican side really checked all of those boxes.”
* In Pennsylvania’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R) lead over his Democratic challengers has shrunk to single digits in the new PPP survey.
* In Maryland’s competitive Democratic U.S. Senate primary, a new Washington Post/University of Maryland poll shows Rep. Donna Edwards leading Rep. Chris Van Hollen, 38% to 28%, but if Rep. Elijah Cummings throws his hat in the ring, he would be the party’s frontrunner.
* On Fox News last night, Karl Rove described Bernie Sanders as “an elderly dyspeptic Bilbo Baggins.” Good to know.
* How does a member of Congress go through five chiefs of staff and three communications directors in a year? Ask Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas).
* And Marco Rubio is soliciting contributions based on a quote from President Bill Clinton that may not exist.