Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Despite the growing national controversy surrounding North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, Ted Cruz told MSNBC yesterday that he supports the policy.
* In New York, a new NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders ahead of next week’s primary, 57% to 40%. Clinton’s lead has grown a little since Monday, when the same poll showed her up by 14 points.
* Three days ago, the Sanders campaign announced Simone Zimmerman would be its national Jewish outreach coordinator. Yesterday, Sanders suspended Zimmerman from his team, citing her previous public criticisms of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
* John Kasich told MSNBC yesterday that he disagrees with marriage equality, but he’s “moving on” from the issue and doesn’t intend to change the status quo. “Exactly where it is now, I’m fine with it,” the Ohio governor said.
* Donald Trump has a new op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today, condemning the current presidential nominating process.
* Fundraising totals from individual Senate races can be tough to keep up with, but it’s worth noting that in Missouri, Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) narrowly outraised incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt (R) in the first quarter, reinforcing chatter that this will be a race worth watching.
* Sen. Richard Burr (R), running for re-election in North Carolina this year, was asked yesterday about boycott campaigns targeting his state in response to the anti-LGBT HB2. The senator replied, “Oh, I’m not getting into that crap. Thanks.”
* And though it can be difficult to know for sure how serious to take Gov. Paul LePage’s comments, the Maine Republican said this week that he’s giving “very serious thought” to running against Sen. Angus King (I) in 2018.