Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In a notable staffing move, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has hired Bernie Sanders’ director of student organizing “to serve as her national campus and student organizing director.”
* The Clinton campaign has a payroll of 732 employees. Donald Trump’s campaign ended the primaries with 70.
* House Speaker Paul Ryan said yesterday Trump “walked back” his criticisms of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, which I don’t think is true. Ryan added, in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, that he’s found Trump to have “a very even-handed temperament” in their personal interactions.
* Though Mitt Romney narrowly won North Carolina four years ago, Democrats believe it will be in play this year, and the Priorities USA super PAC is placing a new ad buy in the Tar Heel state.
* Speaking of North Carolina, add Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to the list of Republicans saying they’ll “support” Trump’s candidacy but not “endorse” it.
* In New Jersey, Hackensack’s Republican mayor and deputy mayor have announced they’ve left the GOP and changed their registration to “independent.” Both cited Trump as a motivating factor.
* In Pennsylvania’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, PPP shows incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R) with a modest lead over Katie McGintry (D), 41% to 38%.
* Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who briefly ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, announced his support for Clinton yesterday.
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told NBC News yesterday that it’s “hard to say” if he will ever endorse Trump.
* And former KKK Leader David Duke continues to defend Trump against charges of racism. Duke blamed “Jews” in the media for the recent controversy surrounding Trump’s overt racism towards U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
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