Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 7.1.16

Updated
Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
 
* While Vice President Biden said Bernie Sanders is “going to endorse” Hillary Clinton one of these days, the senator told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that he’s not ready to do so.
 
* Donald Trump’s campaign hired a new digital director on Tuesday. The campaign then parted ways with its new digital director yesterday.
 
* On a related note, Trump, who used to brag about not having a pollster, is getting ready to hire several new pollsters, and “will now have five polling firms working for him.”
 
* In New York, where Donald Trump expects to compete, a new Siena poll shows Clinton with a huge advantage, 54% to 31%.
 
* Trump complained yesterday that he has, in fact, “forgiven my $50 million loan to my campaign,” adding that this is now a “done deal.” There’s still no documentation to prove that, and his campaign hasn’t substantiated the claim.
 
* Mitt Romney, for reasons that aren’t altogether clear, continues to tell public audiences that his family is still pressuring him to run for president.
 
* A Loras Poll in Iowa shows Clinton leading Trump in the Hawkeye State, 48% to 34%.
 
* On a related note, the same poll found incumbent Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) with a narrow, one-point lead over Patty Judge (D), 45.8% to 44.5%. Most recent polling shows Grassley with a larger advantage.
 
* Politico reported yesterday on some expensive gifts that Sen. Tim Kaine (D) has received during his time in elected office. There doesn’t appear to be anything illegal here, but there’s a broader question I’d love to know the answer to: who leaked this to Politico? (Kaine is considered a leading vice presidential contender, and one of his rivals for the post may be responsible for the story.)
 
* And though the votes in California’s presidential primary are still being counted, Clinton’s lead over Bernie Sanders is now larger than the total number of outstanding ballots.
 
 
 

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.1.16

Updated