Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Three polls were released yesterday of Iowa Democrats: Monmouth College found Hillary Clinton up by nine points; Emerson College also found Clinton up by nine points; and a CNN poll found Bernie Sanders up by eight points. Clear as mud.
* National Review, a leading voice in conservative media, published a manifesto of sorts last night, urging the right to reject Donald Trump. Soon after, the RNC dropped the magazine as a partner for an upcoming Republican debate. Trump, predictably, is going after the magazine, too.
* Despite possible blizzard conditions in New Jersey, Chris Christie has said he will not leave the campaign trail in New Hampshire. [Update: the governor has apparently changed his mind.]
* Jeb Bush’s mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, stars in a new campaign ad touting her son’s candidacy.
* Ben Carson’s former campaign manager said of the candidate, “I think he’s just living in an alternative universe.”
* In a bit of a surprise, John McCain announced yesterday he’s “made up his mind” not to endorse anyone in his party’s presidential race.
* Speaking of McCain, in a bit of a surprise, Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-Ariz.) has decided not to launch a primary campaign against the incumbent senator.
* Ted Cruz has zero endorsements from senators and governors, but he’s slowly picking up a sizable amount of support from far-right House members, including Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), who threw his support to Cruz this week.
* Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R), who recently quit the Republican presidential race, will announce his endorsement at a New Hampshire event a week from today.
* And Rand Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), apparently expects his son’s presidential campaign to fail. Thanksgiving ought to be interesting at that table this year.