Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The day before the New Hampshire primary, how many polls show Bernie Sanders with a comfortable lead over Hillary Clinton? All of them. FiveThirtyEight gives the Vermont independent a greater than 99% chance of winning.
* Bill Clinton took on an attack-dog role yesterday, blasting Sanders at a New Hampshire rally, insisting the senator’s message was “hermetically-sealed” from reality.
* Add Jeb Bush’s campaign to the list of folks creating an ad out of Rick Santorum’s inability to think of any Marco Rubio accomplishments.
* Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has recorded a robocall for John Kasich’s presidential campaign.
* I didn’t realize that when Rubio talks to reporters, his aides “select the reporters who can ask questions, often shutting down follow-ups.”
* The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal is generally quite complementary towards Rubio, but it wrote today that “his gutting by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Saturday was as complete as any we’ve seen.” The same editorial board concluded it was foolish for Rubio to condemn President Obama’s speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore.
* The editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal endorsed Rubio late Friday, which is of interest because the paper is owned by Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who has not yet officially backed the Florida senator.
* And in Louisiana, five Republicans are already running for the open U.S. Senate seat, and now there’s one Democratic candidate, too: New Orleans lawyer Caroline Fayard kicked off her campaign late last week. It will be Fayard’s second attempt at statewide office, following an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor in 2010.