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:
* It’s only been a few hours since Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced his retirement, but all of the early buzz about his possible successor is focused on Catherine Cortez Masto (D), the former Nevada Attorney General.
* The latest Suffolk poll in New Hampshire shows Jeb Bush leading the Republican presidential field with 19% support, followed by Scott Walker at 14%. Donald Trump, believe it or not, is fourth in the poll, leading Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio.
* Rick Perry is running hard in Iowa and will release a new online ad today that “stresses his commitment to spending time in Iowa and features cameos of Iowans he’s talked to this year.”
* Hillary Clinton is making frequent use of social media this week, using Twitter to celebrate the ACA’s fifth anniversary a few days ago, and sending another message yesterday condemning Indiana’s new right-to-discriminate law.
* Common Core critics on the far-right will probably not like the fact that Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education is offering a course on the benefits of the curriculum.
* Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D) has not yet formally launched a U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois, but she’s begun telling supporters she “knows in her ‘gut’ she can win.”
* And Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) yesterday briefly expressed an interest in the Republican presidential campaign, though, to the disappointment of comedians everywhere, the far-right congressman backed off soon after.
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