Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Some presidential hopefuls have already released their fourth-quarter tallies: Ted Cruz raised nearly $20 million; Ben Carson raised roughly $23 million; Hillary Clinton raised $55 million ($37 million specifically for the primaries); and Bernie Sanders raised $33 million.
* After spending much of 2015 on the sidelines, one of Ted Cruz’s super PACs is launching a $4 million ad buy, which will target early nominating states, with an emphasis on Iowa and South Carolina.
* On a related note, Cruz held a conference call with supporters on Thursday, telling them that he not only believes he’s winning, but also adding, “[T]here’s a very good possibility that the Republican primary will be decided by the end of March.”
* WorldNetDaily, a right-wing conspiracy website, last week named Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump its “Man of the Year.” Trump responded soon after, calling it an “amazing honor.”
* The Make America Awesome super PAC, an anti-Trump initiative started by Republican operative Liz Mair, has launched a radio attack ad against the GOP frontrunner in New Hampshire. The spot takes aim at Trump’s business record.
* In an interview last week with the Washington Post, Mitt Romney said he receives encouragement to run for president “every day,” including from one of the current candidates (whom he did not name). Romney added, however, “I’m not giving it a second thought.”
* When Ohio Democrats vote in their presidential primary on March 15, they’ll choose between Clinton and Sanders – because Martin O’Malley didn’t qualify for the ballot.
* And in Alabama, Sen. Richard Shelby (R) is a safe bet for re-election, but he does have to contend with a March 1 primary. Last week, the Republican incumbent, flush with cash, launched a $6 million ad buy.