Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump’s presidential campaign unveiled its first television ad of the general election this morning, a spot encouraging Americans to be afraid of immigrants, refugees, and terrorism. It’s part of a $4 million ad buy that will focus on Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina.
* Trump will also travel to flood-ravaged Louisiana today. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) wasn’t consulted on the visit.
* The Wall Street Journal reports that Bill and Chelsea Clinton “plan to stop raising money for the Clinton Foundation and turn over operations to independent parties if Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is elected president.”
* While most recent national polling shows Clinton leading Trump nationally by seven to eight points, the new Pew Research Center poll shows the Democrat up by only four, 41% to 37%. An unusually high 14% of voters in this survey sided with third-party candidates.
* In Nevada, the latest Suffolk poll shows Clinton leading Trump by two, 44% to 42%.
* The same poll shows Nevada’s U.S. Senate race all tied up, with Catherine Cortez Masto (D) and Joe Heck (R) each garnering 37% support.
* In Georgia, a poll commissioned by the Fox affiliate in Atlanta shows the Peach State as a 2016 battleground, with Clinton and Trump tied at 43% each.
* On a related note, the Trump campaign reportedly began inquiring about ad rates in Georgia this week. Republican presidential candidates have won Georgia in each of the last five elections.
* In Iowa, Quinnipiac shows Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) with a fairly comfortable lead over Patty Judge (D), 51% to 42%.
* In Colorado, Quinnipiac also found Sen. Michael Bennet (D), once thought to be the cycle’s most vulnerable Democratic incumbent, leading Darryl Glenn (R), 54% to 38%.
* The Clinton campaign unveiled a new television ad yesterday focusing on Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. The spot will reportedly air as part of the Democratic campaign’s existing rotation of ads on national cable.
* And in Illinois, Sen. Mark Kirk (R), who’s had some trouble deciding which presidential candidate he supports, is now encouraging his backers to follow his lead and cast write-in votes in the presidential election. There’s just one problem: according to a Democratic source, in Illinois, write-in votes aren’t counted for those who aren’t officially registered as candidates.