Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The latest national Marist poll, conducted before Saturday night’s debate, showed Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination, 57% to 35%. Martin O’Malley remains a distant third with 4%.
* Speaking of the debate, 8.5 million viewers tuned in, which is the lowest for any presidential debate this year, but still higher than any primary debate held in the 2012 cycle.
* Some of the early-voting tallies in Louisiana’s gubernatorial race are encouraging for Democrats. Election Day is this Saturday.
* On a related note, Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum have recorded robocalls in the Louisiana race in support of Republican David Vitter. A similar call from Marco Rubio is reportedly “in the works.”
* Hillary Clinton drew a fairly specific line in the sand: if her administration raises taxes, families earning less than $250,000 a year won’t be affected.
* Jeb Bush continues to quietly lead the Republican presidential race in an important category: congressional endorsements. On Friday, Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind), the Republican Policy Committee chairman and fifth-ranking member of the House, threw his support to the former Florida governor.
* Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas) announced late last week that he’ll retire at the end of this Congress after 10 terms on Capitol Hill.
* And true to form, GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham responded to Friday’s terrorism in Paris by telling Americans “there is a 9/11 coming” unless U.S. ground forces take on ISIS in Syria. For the record, that’s the exact policy Lindsey Graham used to oppose.