Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The process turned out to be a bit more dramatic than it should’ve been, but Donald Trump’s name will appear on the presidential ballot in Minnesota, a state he’s expected to lose anyway.
* The polling in Florida has been all over the place, but a new Mason-Dixon poll shows Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead over Donald Trump in the state, 44% to 42%.
* Clinton has a larger lead in Michigan according to the latest Suffolk poll, which shows her with a seven-point advantage, 44% to 37%.
* In an unusually ugly shot, Sen. John McCain’s Republican primary challenger, Kelli Ward, said on MSNBC yesterday, “John McCain is falling down on the job. He has gotten weak. He has gotten old. I do want to wish him a happy birthday. He’s going to be 80 on Monday, and I want to give him the best birthday present ever – the gift of retirement.” Ward added that she’s a physician by trade, so she knows “what happens to the body and the mind at the end of life.”
* Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told BuzzFeed that some Senate Republicans prefer Clinton over Trump, even if they won’t admit it publicly. “From a Senate perspective, in a secret ballot, Hillary gets a lot of votes out of the Republican caucus. Potentially she even commands a majority of the Republican caucus in a secret ballot because people really do respect her,” Whitehouse said.
* Trump seemed to offer some encouragement this week to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), whom Trump wants to see run against Sen. Ted Cruz in a Republican primary in 2018. “I’ve been hearing a lot about that and I don’t know if he wants to do it, but boy, will he do well,” Trump said of Perry.
* And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was asked recently whether he intends to keep supporting Mitch McConnell as the Republicans’ Senate leader. “I don’t know of anyone else that’s running for majority leader,” Rubio replied. “Nobody wants the job.”