Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Just days after finishing third in a Republican Senate primary in West Virginia, Don Blankenship (R) now says he’s prepared to work against state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), who won the GOP nomination.
* In Arizona’s U.S. Senate race, Rep. Martha McSally (R) is so eager to satisfy far-right voters, she’s officially ended her co-sponsorship of a bipartisan bill to help Dreamers.
* Eighteen months after the 2016 presidential election, attendees at last night’s Trump/Pence rally in Indiana broke out in a spontaneous “lock her up” chant, in apparent reference to Hillary Clinton.
* Now that the primaries are over in Ohio’s gubernatorial race, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows former CFPB Director Richard Corday (D) with a modest lead over state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R), 44% to 39%. It’s worth noting for context that a Republican has been Ohio’s governor for 23 of the last 27 years.
* In an unexpected development, the Federal Election Commission announced yesterday that candidates for public office “can use campaign funds to pay for child care in certain cases.” The ruling follows a petition from first-time congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley, a New York Democrat.
* And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters this week she doesn’t care if some Democratic candidates distance themselves from her. “I think if they have to do that to win the election, I’m all for winning,” she said. Pelosi, quoting the Oakland Raiders’ Al Davis, added, “Just win, baby.”