Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the new USA Today/Suffolk poll, Hillary Clinton still has a double-digit lead in the race for the Democratic nomination. The survey shows her with 41% support, followed by Bernie Sanders’ 23% and Vice President Biden’s 20%.
* Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said in September that he’s open to the United States taking in Syrian migrants. This week, he changed his mind: “I’m putting people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they’re going back!”
* Speaking of Trump, he told CNBC’s John Harwood this week that if his poll numbers collapse, he’s likely to simply walk away. “Right now, I’m leading every poll, in most cases big,” Trump said. “If that changed, if I was like some of these people at 1 percent or 2 percent, there’s no reason to move forward.”
* A group attacking Sen. David Vitter’s (R-La.) gubernatorial campaign from the right has created a new TV ad featuring a baby wearing a diaper. It’s led to questions as to whether the Gumbo PAC is referencing the far-right senator’s prostitution scandal.
* Speaking of Louisiana, Clinton appears to have very strong support in the latest statewide poll of Democrats. She leads with 57%, followed by Biden’s 22% and Sanders’ 7%.
* The same poll shows Ben Carson leading among Louisiana Republicans with 23%, followed by Trump’s 19%. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), in his own state, is running eighth with just 3%.
* In an odd move, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) launched an unusual fundraiser this week, seeking donors’ support for his decision to boycott Pope Francis’ speech to Congress.
* And with 12 days remaining before the first debate for Democratic presidential candidates, Biden qualifies for the stage, but he’s unlikely to participate.