Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Bernie Sanders may be leading in New Hampshire, but at least for now, it’s Hillary Clinton who leads in the other early nominating states. A new poll from CNN shows Clinton with a 25-point lead in South Carolina, where she has 49% support to Bernie Sanders’ 24%. Vice President Biden is third with 18%.
* On a related note, the same poll shows Clinton in a fairly strong position in Nevada, where she leads Sanders, 50% to 34%. Biden is third with 12%.
* Jeb Bush on Friday told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, “There was a big argument about the Washington Redskins, the Redskins being a pejorative term. I think Washington is a pejorative term, not the Redskins.”
* While Ben Carson’s Republican presidential campaign took in more than $20 million in the third quarter, his allied super PAC raised $2.9 million over the same period.
* Hillary Clinton met Friday with a group of Black Lives Matter activists in Washington. DeRay McKesson, a movement leader, said, “In the end, I think she heard us.”
* As Rachel noted on Friday night’s show, Rand Paul is “under increasing pressure from Republicans” – both in Kentucky and D.C. – to end his struggling presidential campaign and focus on his re-election to the Senate. A GOP strategist told Politico, “Senate Republicans can’t afford to have a competitive race in Kentucky.”
* On a related note, Paul recently said about Congress, “I would throw everybody out, myself included. I’m serious.” Then Friday, according to a Washington Post reporter, he added he’s “embarrassed” to even be a member of Congress.
* And Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) took his Republican presidential campaign to New Hampshire late last week, where he fielded a question about Social Security. When an audience member complained about possible benefit cuts, the GOP governor replied, “Well, you’d get over it, and you’re going to have to get over it.”