Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The news isn’t all bad for Jeb Bush: he picked up a notable endorsement yesterday from New Hampshire’s Judd Gregg, a former two-term senator and two-term governor from the Granite State.
* Hillary Clinton will call today for equal treatment in sentencing for those convicted of using crack and powder cocaine. It’s long been a priority for criminal-justice reform advocates.
* The editorial board of the New York Times is urging Chris Christie to end his presidential campaign. The New Jersey governor responded soon after that he’s “not going anywhere.”
* Bernie Sanders has been eager to draw distinctions between his record and Hillary Clinton’s on LGBT rights, but there were a couple of good reports this week on Sanders “evolving” over time on marriage equality, too.
* Speaking of the Vermont senator, a day after Clinton said she has concerns about capital punishment, though she doesn’t support ending it altogether, Sanders said on the Senate floor yesterday, “I believe it is time for the United States of America to join almost every other Western, industrialized country on Earth in saying no to the death penalty.”
* In North Carolina, PPP shows a competitive gubernatorial race taking shape, with state Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) actually leading incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in a hypothetical match-up, 44% to 43%.
* The same poll found former state Rep. Deborah Ross (D), a progressive champion in the state, trailing incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R) by only four points, 43% to 39%.
* And in Florida’s competitive Democratic Senate primary, much of the Democratic establishment is rallying behind Rep. Patrick Murphy, who picked up endorsements yesterday from sitting Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).