Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* A day ahead of the Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders, 57% to 40%, while a new Monmouth University poll points in a similar direction, with Clinton ahead 55% to 42%.
* The day after one Democratic debate, and two days before the next Democratic debate, Sanders and Clinton will both participate in a Fox News forum tonight in Detroit.
* Sanders has struggled of late to increase his support in minority communities, so it’s of interest that the Sanders campaign is running “a five-minute Spanish-language ad on Univision that calls attention to the plight of a female farm worker in Florida.” That’s a very expensive endeavor, but Sanders’ striking fundraising successes made investments like these possible.
* In a Politico podcast, Sanders’ top strategist, Tad Devine, apparently mentioned in passing the idea of Clinton adding the Vermont senator to the ticket as her running mate. Asked if Sanders would consider such an offer, Devine replied, “I’m sure, of course, anyone would.”
* Though Marco Rubio and John Kasich are publicly counting on a contested convention to boost their struggling campaigns, Ted Cruz rejected the idea on Friday, arguing, “If that happens we will have a manifest revolt on our hands.” The senator made a similar comment on CBS yesterday, arguing, “I think if it’s a bunch of Washington deal-makers and lobbyists who want to parachute in their preferred candidate because they don’t like what the voters are doing, I think that is illegitimate. I think it’s wrong.”
* The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), as it does every year, hosted a presidential straw poll at the end of his latest gathering. Cruz won the straw poll with 40%, followed by Rubio at 30%. Donald Trump was third with 15%, followed by Kasich at 8%.
* When it comes to disclosure, Kasich has gone a little further than his Republican rivals, releasing seven years’ worth of partial tax returns. Like Cruz and Rubio, the Ohio governor released “only the first two pages of his federal tax returns.”
* At an event in Ohio over the weekend, Kasich received a formal endorsement from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). The former governor, who hasn’t been too involved in politics since leaving office, had already recorded robocalls for Kasich in advance of the New Hampshire primary.
* And Ben Carson, who officially exited the GOP presidential race on Friday afternoon, has apparently landed a new job, serving as the national chairman of a group called My Faith Votes, which says it’s an entity committed to increasing voter turnout among Christians.