Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* With only eight days remaining in Louisiana’s gubernatorial race, two statewide polls released yesterday show John Bel Edwards (D) leading David Vitter (R) by double digits.
* For his part, Vitter has unveiled a new ad starring one of the guys from the “Duck Dynasty” reality show.
* The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton’s favorability rating improving to 83% among Democrats, well ahead of Bernie Sanders’ 54%. Interesting tidbit: Clinton is now more popular among Democratic voters than any Republican candidate is among Republican voters.
* On a related note, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Clinton leading Sanders nationally, 52% to 33%. That’s slightly closer than the 24-point advantage she enjoyed in the same poll last month.
* Add Ben Carson to the list of GOP presidential hopefuls who stand ready to shoot down Russian planes over Syrian skies.
* After largely neglecting South Carolina for much of the year, Marco Rubio’s campaign is reportedly ready to start investing more seriously in the first-in-the-South primary.
* In Wyoming, Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R) announced last night she’s retiring at the end of this term, and failed Senate candidate Liz Cheney (R) has already said she’s “seriously” looking at the statewide race.
* Speaking of retirements, Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) announced yesterday that he’ll step down at the end of this Congress, following a two-decade career on the Hill. It’s a heavily Democratic district, which neither party will see as competitive.
* And in case there were any doubts, recently defeated Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen (D) will not run against Sen. Rand Paul (R) next year. Had Edelen won re-election, this likely would have been a different story.
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