Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in a general-election match-up, 47% to 41%.
* Democratic officials, hoping to help satisfy concerns raised by Bernie Sanders’ campaign, have offered the senator’s team an expanded role on convention committees – a top concern raised by Sanders’ aides this week.
* Paul Manafort’s role in Donald Trump’s campaign operation continues to steadily expand: the longtime operative is now the Republican candidate’s campaign chairman and chief strategist.
* In an observation that seemed obvious, but which nevertheless caused a stir, Hillary Clinton noted yesterday that Trump “is not qualified to be president of the United States.”
* In a long-forgotten proposal, Trump liked the idea of pitting white contestants against black contestants in a proposed version of his television reality show. When pitching the idea in 2005, Trump described it as “fairly controversial.”
* Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the only senator to officially endorse Bernie Sanders, said this week that he will not support the Vermonter’s effort to force a convention fight, relying on party insiders to overrule the will of the voters.
* Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, was asked yesterday about the senator needing to win 68% of the remaining delegates to catch up to Clinton. Weaver called the statistic a “media narrative,” but it happens to be true.
* Speaking of statistics, Clinton’s popular vote advantage in the race for the Democratic nomination really is 2.9 million votes.
* Freshman Rep. Mark Takai (D-Hawaii) announced yesterday that his pancreatic cancer has spread and he will no longer be able to run for re-election.
* And freshman Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) also unexpectedly announced yesterday that he won’t seek a second term, citing family health issues.
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