Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* When the remaining Republican presidential candidates take the stage for their debate tomorrow night, only seven of the nine will be participating. ABC announced last night that Carly Fiorina and Jim Gilmore didn’t make the cut, and there will be no kids-table debate.
* Though most national polling shows Hillary Clinton with relatively comfortable leads over Bernie Sanders, the new Quinnipiac poll shows Clinton’s advantage shrinking to just two points.
* Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced yesterday it raised $15 million in January, which would be an extremely impressive haul were it not for the fact that Bernie Sanders’ campaign raised $20 million over the same period.
* Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) threw his support to Chris Christie today. Only five sitting GOP governors have made endorsements this cycle, and three of them are backing Christie.
* When Marco Rubio taught a class at Florida International University in Miami, he reportedly “worked less than 10 hours a week and missed three-in-10 classes during his first semester of teaching – all while making more than most part-time visiting professors.”
* Former President George W. Bush is reportedly the star of a new campaign commercial crafted by Jeb Bush’s super PAC. The 30-second spot is set to begin airing in South Carolina today.
* Ted Cruz told voters in New Hampshire yesterday that “in the media newsrooms and in the Washington establishment circles,” Marco Rubio is “the chosen one.” Reflecting on the Iowa caucus results, Cruz added, “In the media’s telling, bronze is the new gold.”
* The Christie campaign quickly created a 60-second web ad featuring Rick Santorum struggling during an MSNBC interview to name any Rubio accomplishments. Team Christie has not yet said how much money it’s investing in the “digital ad buy.”
* No Senate Republicans have endorsed Donald Trump, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee is nevertheless using Trump to raise money for itself. In an appeal launched yesterday, the NRSC asks Trump supporters “to sign an online card congratulating him on his second-place showing in Iowa, then the card asks those supporters to give to Senate Republicans themselves.”