Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Just when it seemed we were finally done with primary debates, Bernie Sanders now wants another showdown with Hillary Clinton. Since the start of their race, the two presidential hopefuls have already participated in 8 debates and 10 forums.
* On CNN yesterday, Sanders again suggested he might try to persuade Democratic superdelegates to override the pledged delegates elected through primaries and caucuses. “When they begin to look at the reality, and that is that we in poll after poll are beating Donald Trump by much larger margins … a lot of these superdelegates may rethink their position with Hillary Clinton,” the senator said.
* On ABC yesterday, Donald Trump continued to keep the candidates’ spouses in the spotlight. Referring to Heidi Cruz, Ted Cruz’s wife, Trump said, “There are things about Heidi that I don’t want to talk about, but I’m not going to talk about them. I mean, you know, you can look, but I wouldn’t talk about them.”
* After the Cruz campaign apparently outmaneuvered Team Trump on delegate selection in Louisiana, Trump called the process “unfair” and said there’s a “lawsuit coming.”
* Fun little fact: this is the first week since the Iowa caucuses that there are no nominating contests for either party. For campaign watchers feeling a little weary, that’s the good news. The bad news is there are still more than two months to go – and we’re technically still closer to the beginning (Iowa was nine weeks ago) than the end (the D.C. Democratic primary is 11 weeks from tomorrow).
* Last summer, Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) faced pressure to resign over a campaign-finance scandal. He refused to step down. There was widespread speculation that the New Hampshire Republican would fail in a primary this year, but late last week, one of Guinta’s top GOP rivals quit the race.
* Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), facing an uphill climb in his re-election bid in Illinois, seems to be basing much of his campaign on hostility towards Syrian refugees.
* Though a few recent polls show Trump well ahead in California, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows the Republican frontrunner with a modest, seven-point lead over Ted Cruz, 37% to 30%.
* Among California Democrats, the same poll found Clinton leading Sanders, 45% to 37%. Note, the California primary, which has more delegates at stake than any other contest, is not until June 7.