Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In a brand-new Monmouth poll that is not yet online, Donald Trump continues to lead in the Republican field in New Hampshire with 26% support. Ben Carson is second with 16%, followed by Marco Rubio’s 13% and John Kasich’s 11%. No other candidate reaches double digits.
* Friday afternoon, influential Republican billionaire Paul Singer announced his support for Rubio. He’d been heavily sought after by several GOP candidates.
* As Rachel noted on Friday’s show, Christine Ciccone, the COO of Jeb Bush’s campaign, is no longer on the team. Whether Ciccone quit or was let go is not entirely clear.
* Bernie Sanders is launching his first TV ad of the cycle. His $2 million ad buy will hit airwaves in Iowa and New Hampshire starting tomorrow, though the campaign reportedly expects the spot to air in other states “soon.”
* Rubio’s super PAC provided a memo to donors late last week, arguing there are “really only four candidates with a reasonable chance of becoming the Republican nominee: Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and Senator Ted Cruz.” You’ll notice that a certain former Florida governor wasn’t included in the mix.
* With John Boehner resigning from Congress, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has called for a June 7 special election to fill the vacancy. The primary elections will be held on March 15.
* Just a week after wrapping up his Democratic presidential campaign, former Sen. Jim Webb wrote a Washington Post op-ed arguing the country needs “an independent president.”
* And though it took a little effort, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who’s running a struggling presidential campaign, has convinced Twitter to verify his account.