Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* As the Obama administration eyes increased deportations of Central American immigrants, each of the Democratic presidential candidates have publicly raised concerns about the expected move.
* In the latest national CNN poll, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 16 points, 50% to 34%.
* Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is throwing his support behind Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, prompting Donald Trump to remind GOP voters that Gowdy’s committee has been a complete failure.
* Speaking of Rubio, Erik Eisele, a reporter for the Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire, spent about 20 minutes with the senator last week. He wrote soon after, “[I]t was like watching a computer algorithm designed to cover talking points. He said a lot but at the same time said nothing. It was like someone wound him up, pointed him toward the doors and pushed ‘play.’ If there was a human side to the senator, a soul, it didn’t come across.”
* Manny Roman, the vice chair of Miami’s Republican Party, had been expected to support Rubio, but he’s instead thrown his support behind Ted Cruz.
* Though previous attempts at ad blitzes have done little to help Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, the former governor is nevertheless “reserving more than $14 million in commercials on both New Hampshire and Boston stations.” The ad buy will reportedly include two Super Bowl spots.
* Few states are as gerrymandered as Ohio, which made it all the more interesting when Gov. John Kasich (R) said late last week that he supports “dramatic” redistricting reform.
* After the Washington Post published a cartoon noting Ted Cruz’s children, the Texas Republican is using the since-pulled cartoon as the basis for a new fundraising drive.
* As Rachel noted on the show the other day, Rand Paul may be bumped to the next kids-table debate, lacking the support necessary to qualify for the main stage, but the Kentucky senator has said, “I won’t participate in any kind of second-tier debate.”