Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* Gov. Chris Christie (R) trails Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 presidential match-up in New Jersey by 11 points. Making matters slightly worse for the governor, more than half of his constituents do not believe he’d make a good president.
* Speaking of home-town crowds, only 28% of Floridians want to see Sen. Marco Rubio (R) run for president in 2016. The same poll showed more support for former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) running, with 44% of Floridians saying they’d like to see him seek national office.
* After denying that the group was changing its leadership, the far-right Club for Growth changed its leadership this week, bringing on former Rep. David McIntosh (R-Ind.) as its new leader. McIntosh is also the former chair of the Republican Study Committee.
* Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) is reportedly working on the creation of an “SEC” presidential primary in which several Southern states would hold one, big contest on the same day. Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama are reportedly on board with the idea of a regional, March 1 primary, and Kemp has also reached out to officials in Louisiana and South Carolina.
* Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) office announced yesterday that he’s headed to Iowa early next week to meet with progressive activists and deliver the keynote speech at a Progress Iowa dinner.
* Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) announced yesterday he’s making a nine-day trip to Israel and will celebrate Christmas in Jerusalem. This, naturally, has led to renewed chatter about a possible presidential campaign.
* And in related news, right-wing neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced yesterday that he’s also traveling to Israel, visiting next week.
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