Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In a staggering figure, Bernie Sanders’ campaign says it raised $20 million in January alone. Most national candidates struggle to raise that much in a quarter.
* With eight days remaining before the New Hampshire primary, the latest CNN poll shows Sanders cruising past Hillary Clinton, 57% to 34%.
* The next debate for the Democratic presidential candidates was supposed to be next week, but a new event has been scheduled for this week: Sanders, Clinton, and Martin O’Malley will meet this Thursday in New Hampshire for a debate co-hosted by Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd.
* The New York Times’ editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary and John Kasich in the Republican presidential primary. Given GOP attitudes, don’t expect the latter to make too big a fuss about the praise.
* Speaking of Kasich, his super PAC is hitting Marco Rubio in a new ad, reminding voters about the Florida senator’s opposition to the Violence Against Women Act, despite the law’s bipartisan support.
* Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) announced his retirement over the weekend. He’s the 21st House member to make this announcement in this Congress – 15 Republicans, 6 Democrats – which may sound like a lot, but it’s not quite as many as the last couple of Congresses.
* The Virginia’s Republican Party’s on-again, off-again interest in a “loyalty pledge” in its presidential primary appears to be over. The State Central Committee voted over the weekend to scrap the idea.
* Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), who endorsed Jeb Bush, was asked Friday about his preferred candidate’s chances. “I don’t know, it doesn’t look good, I’ll tell you that,” Amodei replied.
* And former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R), whose presidential campaign has struggled badly, argued on an Iowa radio show the other day, “If I get one vote, frankly, in Iowa, I’ll consider it a victory.” When it comes to managing expectations, that’s pretty amazing.