Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 10.17.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* Mike Pence said yesterday that the Republicans’ national ticket will “respect the outcome of this election.” File that away for future reference.

* With three weeks remaining before Election Day, Donald Trump’s campaign announced on Saturday that its state director in Ohio will no longer work with the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.

* There’s been quite a bit of speculation lately about whether or not Hillary Clinton’s campaign will make an effort to win Arizona, and so it was of great interest this morning when Clinton’s team announced First Lady Michelle Obama will headline a rally in Phoenix on Thursday.

* It’s not just tweets that can provoke Trump; a comedy skit can do the same. Trump said over the weekend, “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”

* In what appears to be a first for a national major-party candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Clinton’s running mate, delivered a campaign speech in Miami yesterday entirely in Spanish.

* The Clinton campaign released a new video yesterday, hoping to draw attention to one of Trump’s more ridiculous allies. The video is called, “This is Alex Jones”

* As if Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) weren’t facing enough trouble with his tough re-election fight, the longtime congressman is dealing with questions about his residency status in Missouri.

* The editorial board of the Charlotte Observer has been endorsing North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in a variety of elections for 25 years. This year, however, it’s recommending McCrory’s gubernatorial opponent, state A.G. Roy Cooper (D).

* In Idaho, Sen. Mike Crapo (R) has gone from endorsing Trump, to un-endorsing Trump, to saying he’s an undecided voter.

* Former Attorney General Eric Holder will reportedly lead a new organization, called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Politico says will focus on “redistricting reform – with the aim of taking on the gerrymandering that’s left the party behind in statehouses and made winning a House majority far more difficult.”




Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.17.16