Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton was scheduled to campaign in Scranton, Pennsylvania, today with Vice President Biden, but in light of the Dallas shootings, the event has been postponed. Donald Trump’s campaign also canceled its events scheduled for today.
* A new national poll from the Pew Research Center shows Clinton leading Trump, 51% to 42%, in a head-to-head match-up. Adding Libertarian Gary Johnson to the mix, the poll still found Clinton ahead by nine percentage points – which is larger than President Obama’s leads at this point in the race in 2008 and 2012.
* Though Bernie Sanders generally talks about his desire to see Trump lose, yesterday the senator went a step further, saying, “We have got to do everything that we can to defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton.” Sanders will reportedly endorse Clinton next week.
* Newt Gingrich was asked on Fox last night if he’d accept the vice presidential nomination if Trump were to offer it. ”I would feel compelled to serve the country,” he responded.
* The DCCC will begin airing new ads next week, tying House Republicans to Trump in a “seven-figure television and online ad campaign.” The ads are already available here and here.
* Ted Cruz still hasn’t endorsed Trump, but the Texas senator nevertheless accepted an invitation yesterday to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
* The Trump campaign’s political director, Jim Murphy, told a group of House members yesterday that the Republican ticket will target 17 competitive states in the fall: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
* And in Florida, where Marco Rubio is running for re-election in part because of the Orlando mass shooting, the senator picked up an endorsement yesterday from the NRA.