Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In an awful, inexcusable display, violence broke out at a Donald Trump event in San Jose last night, with anti-Trump protestors targeting the Republican’s supporters after his speech.
* With just four days remaining before California’s Democratic presidential primary, the latest USC/Los Angeles Times poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders among likely voters, 49% to 39%. Most other recent polling points to a much closer contest.
* Speaking of California, the editorial page of the San Diego Union Tribune is urging Republican voters in the state to “write in Ronald Reagan” in next week’s presidential primary. In case anyone’s forgotten, Reagan has been dead for 12 years.
* In Florida, a new Mason-Dixon poll shows Hillary leading Trump, 45% to 42%, with Libertarian Gary Johnson trailing with just 6%.
* Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), still hoping to be Trump’s running mate, used unusually creepy language during a Fox interview yesterday, saying Trump “will peel [Clinton’s] skin off in a debate setting.”
* Democrats hoping to turn Georgia blue in November were probably discouraged by the latest PPP poll, which shows Trump leading Clinton in the state, 45% to 38%. The same survey shows Johnson at 6% and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 2%.
* After dodging the question more than once, the Clinton campaign said yesterday she supports the death penalty for Dylann Roof in South Carolina.
* It’s probably not the kind of support he was hoping for, but Bernie Sanders was endorsed this week by Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s embattled socialist president, who described the senator as a “revolutionary friend.”
* The New York Times published an amazing chart yesterday, noting the number of women in Congress over the last century, broken down by party. It’s a striking image.
* I didn’t realize this is legal: ‘As the Nov. 8 elections loom, officials in Ohio have removed tens of thousands of voters from registration lists because they have not cast a ballot since 2008. All U.S. states periodically cleanse their voter rolls, but only a handful remove voters simply because they don’t vote on a regular basis.”