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:
* For the second time this week, a statewide poll in New Hampshire shows Donald Trump gaining traction, at least for now, in the Granite State. The new WMUR/CNN poll shows Jeb Bush leading the Republican presidential field with 16% in the first primary state, followed by Trump with 11%. No other candidate reaches double digits.
* On a related note, a WMUR/CNN poll shows Hillary Clinton with only an eight-point advantage in New Hampshire over Bernie Sanders, 43% to 35%. Literally every other recent, independent poll in the state shows Clinton with a larger lead.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, there are multiple reports, no doubt based on intra-campaign leaks, which say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will kick off his presidential bid on Tuesday. Asked on a radio show yesterday whether he’s prepared to deny these reports, the governor replied, “I can`t deny that, because I haven`t made a decision.” No one actually believes he’s telling the truth.
* Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson has apparently argued that secret communists have “infiltrated our society.” The secret communists are, he claims, “organized” in their effort to “bring America down.”
* Carson also believes Ancient Romans got caught up in political correctness, which contributed to its demise.
* And New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) hasn’t said whether she plans to take on Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) next year, but Republicans seem to think that’s likely and the party is already spending “over a million early dollars against” Hassan, just to help lay the groundwork.
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