Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 5.8.15

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:
 
* In UK elections, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his party had a very good night. The pre-election polls didn’t hold up well.
 
* Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) on-again, off-again interest in the 2016 presidential race is apparently over: as Rachel noted on the show last night, he effectively withdrew from consideration late yesterday afternoon.
 
* Mitt Romney has reportedly organized a donor forum in Utah next month for several leading Republican presidential candidates. Jeb Bush, however, will apparently skip the event.
 
* On a related note, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens is the latest GOP megadonor to throw his support behind Jeb Bush. Pickens said yesterday he’s contributed $100,000 to the former Florida governor’s super PAC.
 
* The latest revenue projections in Wisconsin are short of what Gov. Scott Walker (R) hoped to see – and short of what he needs to balance his state budget – which won’t do his presidential campaign any favors.
 
* If you’ve been waiting eagerly for Lindsey Graham’s campaign kickoff, your wait is nearly over – the Republican senator will reportedly launch on June 1 in his home state of South Carolina.
 
* Karine Jean-Pierre was the deputy battleground states director for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, and now she’ll be Martin O’Malley’s political director in 2015.
 
* And Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said this week there’s just one last hurdle between him and his presidential bid: “If we have enough money, we run.”
 

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 5.8.15