Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the latest USA Today/Suffolk University poll, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by seven points nationally, 48% to 41%, a bit better for the frontrunner than the six-point advantage she enjoyed two months ago. In a four-way race with the other candidates, Clinton’s lead remains unchanged.
* Team Clinton’s fundraising picked up in August, with her campaign collecting $143 million for her and the Democratic Party. That’s the best month the campaign has had to date, but note that this lump sum is actually divided: roughly $62 million for the Clinton campaign specifically, and $81 million for the DNC and state parties.
* Just days after the Clinton campaign launched a direct-mail campaign in Utah, a traditional Republican stronghold, Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), made a campaign stop in Salt Lake City yesterday.
* Two retired four-star generals, Bob Sennewald and David Maddox, announced their support for Clinton’s candidacy yesterday. Previously, neither general had ever publicly endorsed a presidential candidate.
* In a campaign video released yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) vowed to be a “check” on Clinton’s presidency if she’s elected. That’s generally the sort of thing one would expect to hear from a senator who expects his party’s candidate to lose.
* On a related note, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said on C-SPAN yesterday, “The message that [Republicans] have is pretty good … it may turn out that Mr. Trump is not the messenger. Maybe he is. But it really seems to boil down to Mr. Trump’s personality being not what people like, as opposed to some of the issues.”
* With Republicans increasingly concerned about Sen. Richard Burr’s (R) odds of re-election in North Carolina, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R) super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, announced an $8 million ad buy yesterday on the incumbent’s behalf.