Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In his first public event after wrapping up the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump spent quite a bit of time talking to an Ohio audience this morning about … Ted Cruz.
* At the same event, Trump brought Dan Scavino onto the stage with him. Scavino is perhaps best known for the recent “Star of David” tweet.
* Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, told MSNBC yesterday that women will vote for Trump because their “husbands can’t afford to pay their bills.” No, really, that’s what he said.
* As Rachel noted during last night’s coverage, former KKK leader David Duke praised Trump’s convention speech with great enthusiasm last night. “Couldn’t have said it better!” Duke said.
* On a related note, as Trump accepted his party’s presidential nomination last night, “a tweet from a white supremacist account was broadcast through the convention hall at Quicken Loans Arena.”
* A Suffolk poll released yesterday found Trump and Hillary Clinton tied in Ohio with 44% each. When third-party candidates are added to the mix, Clinton leads by four points.
* Speaking of polls from swing states, a new University of New Hampshire poll shows Clinton up by two in the Granite State, 39% to 37%, though there are a lot of undecideds.
* Though the U.S. Senate race in California features two Democrats, the White House isn’t remaining neutral: President Obama and Vice President Biden both endorsed state A.G. Kamala Harris this week.
* In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) isn’t shying away from the White House, either. The Miami Democrat released a new ad this week featuring the president’s praise, and the vice president’s office announced this week that Biden will campaign with Murphy in early August.