Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 2.22.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
 
* Marco Rubio appeared on five Sunday shows again yesterday, repeating one message: “We need to remember here, over 70% of Republicans nationally have basically said, ‘We’re not voting for Donald Trump.” The flaw in the logic: it’d equally true to say, “80% of Republicans have basically said, ‘We’re not voting for Marco Rubio.”
 
* On a related note, Rubio has now drawn “more money from Wall Street donors than any other candidate.” A key piece of the senator’s platform is scrapping safeguards and layers of accountability for the financial industry.
 
* But Rubio’s not the only one picking up wealthy supporters. Billionaire financier Stanley Druckenmiller has signed on as a John Kasich backer.
 
* Following up on a story I’ve been keeping an eye on, the Indiana Election Commission agreed to allow Rep. Todd Young (R) to move forward as a U.S. Senate candidate, despite the fact that he appears to have missed the legal threshold for ballot petition signatures. The Indiana Democratic Party is weighing a court challenge.
 
* Nevada’s Republican caucuses are tomorrow, and Rubio picked up an endorsement over the weekend from Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who was a Jeb Bush supporter. The Floridian also received endorsements from two U.S. House Republicans from Nevada: Mark Amodei and Cresent Hardy. Rubio, for what it’s worth, lived in Nevada for a few years as a child.
 
* An Emerson College poll of Massachusetts Republicans shows Donald Trump leading the GOP field with 50% in the Bay State, followed by Rubio at 16% and Kasich at 13%. Massachusetts is one of 11 states hosting GOP nominating contests on March 1, which is a week from tomorrow.
 
* The same poll, by the way, shows Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tied in Massachusetts at 46% each.
 
* In North Carolina, which is home to two key statewide races this year, PPP’s latest survey shows incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R) leading his Democratic rivals by about seven points in hypothetical match-ups, which isn’t exactly a commanding advantage for a red-state incumbent.
 
* The same poll found North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) leading state Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) by only two points, 43% to 41%. Overall, the incumbent governor’s approval rating stands at only 40%.
 
 

Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 2.22.16