Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In New Hampshire, the latest WMUR poll shows Donald Trump continuing to lead the Republican presidential field, this time with 26% support, up two points from July. Carly Fiorina is second with 16%, followed by Marco Rubio’s 9% and Ben Carson’s 8%. Jeb Bush, who used to see the Granite State as a sure victory, is tied with John Kasich for fifth in the poll with 7% support.
* The same WMUR poll found Bernie Sanders with a big advantage in the Democratic presidential primary, leading Hillary Clinton, 46% to 30%. Vice President Biden is third in the poll with 14%.
* In Florida, a Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute Poll found Trump leading in the Sunshine State with 24.4% support. Jeb Bush is second with 16.9%, followed by Carly Fiorina at 15.6% and Ben Carson at 15%. At least in this poll, Marco Rubio is fifth with 14.9%.
* Carly Fiorina campaigned in South Carolina yesterday, where she actually joined a pregnant woman in an exam room and watched her receive an ultrasound. All of this took place in a crisis pregnancy center.
* Speaking of Fiorina, the Republican candidate likes to tell audiences she “started as a secretary” before working her way up to being a CEO. It turns out, that’s an incredibly misleading description of her career trajectory.
* Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign has struggled, to a surprising degree, to lock up congressional endorsements, but Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Mich.) threw his support behind the far-right Floridian yesterday. The Michigan congressman is Rubio’s third congressional backer.
* Asked yesterday about his plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, Donald Trump replied, “It will take place and it will be done effectively and warmly and humanely.”
* And if you want to know who’s likely to be the next Republican presidential candidate to quit, keep an eye on the filing process for the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina – which carries a hefty filing fee that cannot come from a super PAC.
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