Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* After the DNC restored Bernie Sanders’ data-file access, the senator apologized to Hillary Clinton during Saturday night’s debate. His campaign also suspended two more staffers as part of the response to the controversy.
* Not too many saw Sanders’ apology, however – initial reports suggest the ratings were quite low.
* Speaking of the Democratic race, the latest national PPP survey shows Clinton leading Sanders, 56% to 28%, which is roughly in line with the results from a month ago. Martin O’Malley is third in the poll with 9%.
* After initially standing by her bogus claim about retired Gen. Jack Keane, Carly Fiorina conceded yesterday she “was wrong” about his departure from military service.
* Jeb Bush claimed on CBS yesterday that he “hated” being the Republican frontrunner earlier this year. “I feel much better back here,” he added. “I’ve always thought that there was going to be a high expectation for me, I totally get it, because I have a brother that was president, a father that was president, and that higher expectation was important to realize.”
* Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), one of the more moderate Republicans in Congress, announced over the weekend that he’ll retire at the end of this term. Democrats see his district in upstate New York as a key pick-up opportunity.
* Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign picked up another social-conservative endorsement the other day, earning the support of Senate Conservatives Fund chief Ken Cuccinelli, the former state A.G. in Virginia.
* Marco Rubio, meanwhile, continues to line up hyper-wealthy mega-donors in his corner. Oklahoma City-based energy executive Larry Nichols threw his backing to the Florida senator over the weekend.
* And speaking of fundraising, the DSCC outraised its Republican counterparts in November, $4.4 million to $2.8 million.
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