Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* A new national CNN poll shows Jeb Bush leading the Republican presidential field with 17% support, followed by Scott Walker with 12%. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are close behind with 11% each.
* In the same poll, Hillary Clinton enjoys double-digit leads over each of the GOP candidates, with the former Secretary of State leading Rubio by 14 points, Bush by 17 points, Rand Paul by 19 points, and Scott Walker by 22 points.
* In a bit of a surprise, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced yesterday that will run for re-election to the Senate, rather than return home to run for governor in West Virginia.
* On a related note, in 2012, Manchin did not endorse President Obama and did not attend the Democratic National Convention. This year, however, Manchin has already endorsed Hillary Clinton.
* If each of the top Republican presidential candidates is going to have his own billionaire, it’s worth getting to know Rubio’s benefactor: Norman Braman, an 82-year-old Miami businessman.
* In New Jersey, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) approval rating continuing to slide, reaching just 38% in the latest statewide survey. It’s easily his all-time low.
* Ted Cruz has been eagerly urging congressional allies to endorse his presidential campaign, and over the weekend, the far-right Texan picked up his first Capitol Hill supporter: Republican Rep. John Culberson, a fellow Texan.
* Indiana’s recent right-to-discriminate controversy didn’t do Gov. Mike Pence (R) any favors, with a Republican poll showing his approval rating dropping from 62% to 45% since February. The governor is likely to run for a second term next year.
* And in fundraising news, the National Republican Congressional Committee outraised its Democratic counterparts in March, $10.3 million to $8.2 million.