Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 5.2.16

Updated
Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
 
* Indiana’s presidential primaries are tomorrow, and the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows Donald Trump leading Ted Cruz, 49% to 34%. John Kasich is third with 13%.
 
* Among Democrats in Indiana, the same poll shows Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders, 50% to 46%.
 
* In keeping with the recent pattern, Team Cruz easily outhustled Team Trump at a state convention, this time in Arizona, where Trump won the primary easily in late March.
 
* Sanders and Clinton each raised about $26 million in April, though for the Vermont senator, this represents a sharp decline from his extraordinary fundraising success in the first three months of the year. Last month, Clinton also raised an additional $10 million for national and state Democratic parties.
 
* After a lukewarm and widely mocked Cruz endorsement on Friday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) wrote an op-ed expressing his support for the Texas senator in more enthusiastic terms.
 
* Thanks to a Friday court ruling, Jon Keyser (R) is back on the Republican primary ballot in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race. Keyser apparently failed to submit the necessary number of ballot signatures, but a judge concluded his campaign’s misstep was accidental, not an attempt at fraud.
 
* The latest Gallup poll shows Ted Cruz with a negative net favorability rating – among Republicans. The primary process has not exactly done wonders for the senator’s reputation.
 
* As if things weren’t bad enough for Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s (R) Senate campaign in Indiana, the AP reports he paid his brother-in-law nearly $170,000 to oversee his congressional campaign’s finances, despite the fact that the car salesman has no background in accounting or campaign financing.
 
* In a sign of things to come, former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge (D), taking on incumbent Sen. John Boozman (R) in Arkansas this year, released a new ad this morning connecting the Republican incumbent to Trump. The campaign did not indicate where the spot would air, though it appears to be a web ad.
 
* Under pressure from progressive activists, Microsoft has decided not to offer any financial support to the Republican National Convention.
 
* And in case his troubled presidential campaign wasn’t enough, former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) tried to become a delegate to the Republican National Convention over the weekend, but party activists at the Virginia state convention rejected him.
 
 

Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 5.2.16

Updated