Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 1.18.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
 
* The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Hillary Clinton’s national lead over Bernie Sanders growing to 25 points, 59% to 34%. In December, Clinton’s lead was 19 points.
 
* On a related note, the same poll showed Clinton and Sanders leading Donald Trump by double digits in hypothetical, general election match-ups.
 
* Facing criticism, Sanders’ campaign announced Saturday that the senator would support legislation to strip legal immunity from gun manufactures, which represents an important reversal for the senator. Sanders originally voted for the 2005 bill that extended immunity to gun manufactures in the first place.
 
* At a campaign event in New Hampshire on Saturday, Donald Trump described former Sen. Scott Brown (R) as a VP running mate straight out of “central casting.” Brown, who lost two Senate races in two states over the course of two years, introduced Trump at the event as “the next president of the United States.”
 
* The Rubio campaign has begun distributing fliers at Ted Cruz’s campaign events accusing Cruz of “flip-flopping” on several issues.
 
* Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said late last week that he believes Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would be easy to defeat in November, but he sees Sanders as the tougher candidate. (If you think Priebus would be candid about his actual preferences, I have a bridge I’d love to sell you.)
 
* Former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon (R), a Ted Cruz supporter and surrogate, questioned Trump’s chances in the Palmetto State. “A thrice-married man is going to come into South Carolina expecting to be the Republican nominee?” Condon asked Politico incredulously. It’s worth noting that Newt Gingrich, a thrice-married man, won the South Carolina primary in 2012.
 
* John Kasich said late last week, “If I get smoked in New Hampshire, then you know kind of the ballgame is over.” The Ohio governor didn’t specify what place he’d have to finish to avoid “smoked” status.
 
* And Ted Cruz was asked a question about the Affordable Care Act on Friday. “Take it out in a back alley and put two bullets in the back of its head,” the Texan said.
 
 
 

Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 1.18.16