Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Jeb Bush’s campaign hosted a rally yesterday in Las Vegas in a room built for 200 people. It was, according to the Washington Post, “half-full” when the Republican candidate started the rally “a few minutes early.”
* In New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) is throwing her official support behind Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Hassan is also eyeing a possible U.S. Senate campaign next year.
* Speaking of New Hampshire, Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation is reportedly launching new attack ads against Clinton in the Granite State, targeting Clinton’s email account during her tenure as Secretary of State.
* At this week’s debate, GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson said Marines are not ready to be deployed. Apparently, some Marines didn’t agree with the comment.
* Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) announced yesterday that he will retire from Congress next year rather than seek re-election. His district is widely seen as a safe Republican seat, which national Democrats will likely show no interest in.
* And in Michigan, former state Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R) was recently expelled as a result of an ugly sex scandal, creating an opening in her legislative district. In an odd twist, Gamrat will reportedly run again, hoping to fill the vacancy left by her own expulsion. [Update: the lawmaker she had an affair with, former Republican Rep. Todd Courser, is also running again for the seat he resigned from last week.]