Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 6.17.16

Updated
Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* In Florida, Rep. David Jolly (R) ended his Senate bid this morning, announcing he would run for re-election to his House seat instead. The move sets up a big showdown pitting Jolly against former Gov. Charlie Crist (D). [This item has been updated.]

* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Bernie Sanders delivered a lengthy address to supporters last night, describing his vision for a progressive national platform. Despite the end of the primary process, and his second-place finish, the senator did not concede, did not endorse Hillary Clinton, and made no indication of when he might drop out.
 
* Sanders campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said Team Sanders is not lobbying superdelegates in the hopes of convincing them to oppose Clinton.
 
* It’s unlikely we’ll see him publicly hit the campaign trail, but former President George W. Bush is headlining some fundraisers for vulnerable GOP senators, including New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, Arizona’s John McCain, and Missouri’s Roy Blunt.
 
* To no one’s surprise, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the Clinton campaign is not considering Sanders as a possible running mate, but it is vetting Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
 
* This has to be one of my favorite sentences of the year to date: “A spokesman for [Gov. Chris] Christie denied he was a manservant.” Good to know.
 
* In statewide polling, PPP has Clinton leading Trump in Iowa by three points (44% to 41%); PPP shows Clinton leading Trump in Virginia by the same margin (42% to 39%); and Marquette University has Clinton leading Trump in Wisconsin by seven points (42% to 35%).
 
* In Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, PPP’s survey shows incumbent Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) leading Patty Judge (D), 48% to 41%.
 
* While most congressional GOP leaders have gotten in line, grudgingly supporting Trump’s candidacy, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has decided to remain neutral.
 
* Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State in the Bush/Cheney administration and a longtime member of the Republican Party’s foreign policy establishment, conceded this week, “If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton.”
 
 

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 6.17.16

Updated